The A's traded outfielder Rajai Davis to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday for minor league relievers Trystan Magnuson and Danny Farquhar.
Davis, 30, has been one of the A's most productive offensive players -- and one of their healthiest -- over the past two seasons. But with a logjam of outfielders on the roster, particularly after last week's trade for David DeJesus, it wasn't a surprise Oakland unloaded somebody.
It continues a flurry of activity for the A's in the early going this offseason, and if they have their way, there may be more news coming. ESPN Deportes is reporting that Oakland has offered free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre a five-year, $64 million contract.
That has yet to be confirmed by anyone associated with the team.
Davis, one of the major leagues' fastest players, hit .284 with five homers, 52 RBIs and a career-high 50 stolen bases in 2010. He ranked third in the majors in steals and became the seventh player in team history to reach the 50-steal mark.
He was heading into his second year of arbitration and likely would have garnered a raise from his $1.35 million salary in 2010. This development points to the likelihood that the A's will keep outfielder Conor Jackson, another arbitration-eligible player whose status appeared to be in limbo.
Neither Magnuson nor Farquhar have cracked the majors yet.
Magnuson, 25, was a 2007 sandwich pick between the first and second rounds for Toronto. A 6-foot-7
Farquhar, 23, was 4-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 53 appearances. A 10th-round selection in 2008, he tied for third in the Eastern League with 17 saves.
In the past 10 days, the A's have dealt Davis, acquired DeJesus in a trade from Kansas City, claimed third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from Toronto and won bidding rights for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
They're currently trying to negotiate a contract with Iwakuma.