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Trystan Magnuson DFA’d

November 2, 2011

Trystan Magnuson was designated for assignment by the A’s today as they took six players off of the 60-day disabled list (one of whom was Magnuson himself). Magnuson came to Oakland along with Danny Farquhar from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for OF Rajai Davis, Farquhar would later be dealt back to Toronto in exchange for David Purcey who was then flipped to Detroit to land third baseman Scott Sizemore.

In his limited time with the A’s, Magnuson made his Major League debut and pitched in nine games for the A’s, while shuttling between Sacramento and Oakland. Magnuson pitched 14 2/3 innings in those appearances, posting 11 K’s (6.8 K/9), three walks (3.1 BB/9) and allowing three homers (1.8 HR/9) finsihing the year with a 6.14 ERA, a better but not good 5.21 FIP and an even better but still not good 4.69 xFIP, adding up to -0.1 WAR (for what it is worth SIERA did see him at an even better but again still not good 4.12).

Magnuson, a right-handed native of Vancouver, Canada will turn 27 in 2012 and didn’t seem to have a clear role in the 2012 A’s bullpen. Magnsuon was initially place on the 15-day disabled list on August 18th with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, but then was transferred to the 60-day disabled list ending his season on August 23rd. A Jane Lee piece on from as recently as September 16th stated at that time,

“As for the baseball activity, there won’t be any for a while, as Magnuson tried throwing last week only to be shut down again and given new anti-inflammatory medication.”

It is unclear if now a month and a half later we are beyond “a while”, but given his medicals I would not be surprised if the A’s who have 10 days to place him on waivers, trade him or release him, placed him on waivers and subsequently have him clear them and be outrighted to Sacramento.

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