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Daniel Andres Farquhar

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Pitcher Danny Farquhar reached the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011.

Farquhar hit .436 as a high school sophomore. As a senior, he had a 0.89 ERA, a school record. As a college freshman at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he was 6-1 with four saves and a 2.17 ERA. He led the Sun Belt Conference in ERA. In 2007, the sophomore went 6-3 with six saves, a 3.08 ERA and 115 strikeouts to 22 walks in 87 2/3 IP. He was 4th in the conference in ERA and second in whiffs. As a junior, he faded to 3-8 with a 4.95 ERA. The Blue Jays still took a gamble on him with their 10th-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Rob St. Julien for $112,500 and made his pro debut that summer.

Danny split his first pro season between the Auburn Doubledays (2-2, 2.39, .215 opponent average) and Lansing Lugnuts (6 hitless, scoreless innings), making a good first impression. In 2009, he was a very effective reliever for both the Dunedin Blue Jays (1-0, 7 Sv, 0.53, 23 K in 17 IP) and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1-4, 15 Sv, 2.36, .193 opponent average, 51 K in 45 2/3 IP). With New Hampshire for all of 2010, he was 4-3 with 17 saves, a 3.52 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 76 2/3 IP. He allowed only a .189 average but walked 42.

On November 17, 2010 Farquhar was dealt with Trystan Magnuson to the Oakland Athletics for Rajai Davis. However, he never got to play for Oakland, as on April 18, 2011, he was sent back to Toronto in return for P David Purcey. He made his major league debut with the Blue Jays on September 13th that year, pitching in 3 games with a 13.50 ERA. He had not made it back to the majors when the Blue Jays placed him on waivers in June of 2012. The Athletics claimed him back, but only held on to him for a couple of weeks, as on June 26th he was placed on waivers again and was now claimed by the New York Yankees. On July 23rd, of that year, Farquhar was traded by the Yankees to the Seattle Mariners along with D.J. Mitchell, in return for Ichiro Suzuki. In spite of all the transactions, he did not play for any of the four teams that held his rights during that season.

He returned to the majors with the Mariners in 2013, pitching 46 times in relief with a record of 0-3, 4.20, but logging 16 saves. In 2014, he had a solid season as a middle reliever, going 3-1, 2.66 in 66 games, with 1 save. He gave up only 58 hits in 71 innings, while striking out 81 and walking 22. However, he regressed badly in 2015, ending up with a record of 1-8 and a 5.12 ERA in 43 games. On November 5th, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays along with IF Brad Miller and 1B Logan Morrison in return for Ps Nate Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser and OF Boog Powell.

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