Jays bring back Magnuson
By BOB ELLIOT, QMI Agency
|Reliever Trystan Magnuson. (AFP)
TORONTO - Reliever Trystan Magnuson bas bounced back like a bad cheque.
The Blue Jays re-acquired the Vancouver-born Magnuson from the Oakland A’s for cash on Friday. He’ll re-enter the mix for employment in the 2012 bullpen.
A year ago this month the Jays dealt relievers Danny Farquhar and Magnuson to Oakland for outfielder Rajai Davis.
Magnuson, 26, a first-round pick of the Jays in 2007 from University of Louisville was given a $462,500 signing bonus, pitched 142/3 innings for Oakland last season, or roughly what Joel Carreno pitched for Toronto.
Magnuson had a 6.14 ERA with five walks and 11 strikeouts. At triple-A Sacramento Magnuson, the nephew of the late Keith Magnuson, NHL hall of famer, was 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA and five saves in 30 games. He walked 19, fanning 46 in 45 1/3 innings.
The 6-foot-7 Magnuson was 8-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 113 games (24 starts) in three seasons in the Jays system, striking out 280 in 226 2/3 innings.
The Jays hired Chuck LaMarr, as a special assistant to scouting director Andrew Tinnish.
That gives the Jays three former GMs on staff. LaMarr was GM of the Tampa Bay Rays for 10 seasons.
Ed Lynch, former Cubs GM and Jim Beattle, who used to be the GM of both the Montreal Expos and the Baltimore Orioles, are both major league scouts for the Jays.
LaMarr has 25 years experience and worked this season with the Philadelphia Phillies as the assistant GM in charge of player development.
LaMarr was the scouting director of the Atlanta Braves and also worked with the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals.
The Jays have also promoted Area Scout Rob St. Julien of Lafayette, La. to regional crosschecker and west coast video co-ordinator Brian Johnston of Los Angeles to area scout.
And the Jays are treating the Arizona Fall League the same way contending clubs treat possible post-season match-ups. The Jays have two scouts assigned to each of the six AFL teams.