The Oakland Athletics have acquired 25-year-old right-hander Deck McGuire in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, per a club announcement. In exchange, the Blue Jays will receive cash considerations. The former first round pick was designated for assignment last week in order to create room on Toronto's roster for waiver claim Brad Mills.
McGuire was drafted 11th overall in the 2010 draft out of Georgia Tech. He pitched well in his first season with the organization, reaching Double-A, but saw his stock decrease sharply after two terrible campaigns at Double-A in 2012 and 2013. McGuire entered 2014 ranked outside the Blue Jays' top 30 prospects according to Baseball America, after ranking 20th entering the 2013 season. He has had somewhat of a mixed year, posting a 2.98 ERA and 2.76 K/BB in just over 60 innings at Double-A, before imploding in Triple-A with a 5.56 ERA and 1.65 K/BB in 55 innings.
McGuire will report to Triple-A Sacramento, likely serving as added depth for an A's team that already boasts a strong rotation.