A’s acquire Purcey from Toronto, place Braden on DL

The A’s engaged in a trade with the Blue Jays on Monday by returning Minor League hurler Danny Farquhar to Toronto in exchange for former first-round Draft pick David Purcey.

Purcey, four days shy of his 29th birthday, was designated for assignment by Toronto last week after struggling with command out of the bullpen, tallying four walks in just 2 2/3 innings.

The left-hander, who is out of options, takes the active roster place of Dallas Braden, who was placed on the disabled list with a stiff left shoulder on Monday. In turn, the A’s transferred right-hander Rich Harden to the 60-day DL.

Purcey came up through the Blue Jays’ system as a starter but was converted to a reliever last season. Overall, he was 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 59 career games with Toronto.

Farquhar, 24, heads back across the border just five months after Oakland acquired him alongside pitcher Trystan Magnuson for outfielder Rajai Davis. The righty had thrown eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in four relief appearances for Triple-A Sacramento this year.

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