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Rajai Davis | Outfielder | #11

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UConn-Avery Point
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 38 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Athletics general manager David Forst said Wednesday that Rajai Davis will be the team's primary center fielder and will likely serve as the team's leadoff man in 2017.
It's no surprise that the A's view him as their center fielder, but he's an imperfect fit for the leadoff role. While the speed is still there, Davis owns a .314 on-base percentage in his career. This includes a .306 on-base percentage over the past two seasons. It's not an ideal situation for Oakland, but batting leadoff will at least be a positive for Davis' fantasy value. Jan 4 - 2:29 PM

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Athletics signed OF Rajai Davis to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the contract terms. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Davis could earn an additional $100,000 if he reaches 500 plate appearances, $150,000 for 550 plate appearances, and $200,000 for 600 plate appearances. The 36-year-old led the American League with 43 steals in 2016 while batting .249/.306/.388 with 12 homers and 48 RBI over 134 games. He's probably better off in a part-time role, but the playing time should be there in Oakland's outfield, so he remains a player of interest in most fantasy leagues.
Jan 4 - 8:42 AM

According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians are interested in re-signing free agent Rajai Davis but have "exhausted their budget" after signing Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal.

Davis' home run off Aroldis Chapman in the World Series was the stuff of legends, but the Indians aren't going to break the bank for him. Pluto considers his return "doubtful" and we tend to agree. Assuming Davis goes elsewhere, the Tribe would likely employ a center-field platoon featuring Abraham Almonte and Tyler Naquin. Davis hasn't drawn much interest this offseason but he'll find a home sooner or later. He led the American League with 43 steals in 2016.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 05:15:00 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have interest in Rajai Davis.

The O's have also been connected to Angel Pagan in their quest for outfield help, but Encina says their interest level in Davis has "surpassed" the level of interest in Pagan. Davis would potentially be in line for regular playing time in right field for Baltimore but could also play some left against left-handers. He turned 36 in October but is coming off a season where he hit a career-high 12 homers and led the American League with 43 steals.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 10:41:00 AM

Rajai Davis did not receive a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Indians.

It probably wasn't even a consideration for the Tribe. Davis hit a heroic two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the World Series and racked up an AL-best 43 steals this summer, but the 36-year-old outfielder also batted just .249/.306/.388 in 495 regular-season plate appearances.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 02:52:00 PM

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians are interested in bringing back outfielder Rajai Davis next season.

Davis is unlikely to receive a qualifying offer from the club, though they would still like to re-sign him at a lower cost. Davis was a hero in the World Series, clubbing a game-tying two-run homer off of Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of Game 7. He also had a nice regular season, slashing .249/.306/.388 with 12 homers, 48 RBI and a league-leading 43 stolen bases.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 10:03:00 AM

Rajai Davis rocked a two-run, game-tying homer off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 10-inning loss to the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series.

The Indians looked mostly dead in the water in the eighth inning of this decisive tilt, but they fought on proudly. Following an RBI double by Brandon Guyer to cut the lead to 6-4, Davis stepped to the plate, choked up, and sliced a liner down the left field line for a dramatic game-tying homer. That blast was his first home run since August 30. After the Cubs took a two-run lead in the 10th, Davis would come through one more time, hitting a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the frame. That one made the score 8-7, but there would be no further comeback magic.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 01:13:00 AM

Rajai Davis will start in center field and bat seventh in Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday.

This marks the first time that Tyler Naquin has sat against a right-hander since June 30. Still, it's not a big surprise after a nightmare Game 6 and his overall struggles this postseason. The full Game 7 lineup for Cleveland: Carlos Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Davis CF, Coco Crisp LF, Roberto Perez C. Corey Kluber is starting on short rest for Cleveland while Kyle Hendricks is getting the ball for Chicago.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 03:39:00 PM

Rajai Davis ran wild on the bases in a losing effort against the Cubs in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, swiping three bases.

Davis singled twice and scored a run in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. He singled, swiped second base and scored on a Francisco Lindor single in the sixth inning, but that proved to be the extent of the club's scoring in the contest. Davis then reached on an infield single with one out in the eighth and proceeded to steal second and third, but the Indians were unable to bring him home as the tying run. The speedy outfielder is hitting just .111/.167/.148 in the postseason.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 11:48:00 PM

Rajai Davis is at leadoff for the Indians in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

No surprises here with the Cubs throwing left-hander Jon Lester: Rajai Davis CF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Carlos Santana DH, Jose Ramirez 3B, Brandon Guyer LF, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Roberto Perez C. Cleveland is throwing right-hander Corey Kluber in the 8:00 p.m. ET start at Progressive Field.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 04:06:00 PM

Rajai Davis will start in center field and bat leadoff in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

The Indians are using their standard lineup against left-handers with J.A. Happ on the hill for Toronto, with Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall moving down in the order. Coco Crisp and Tyler Naquin are on the bench while Brandon Guyer starts in left. The full lineup: Davis CF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Santana DH, Jose Ramirez 3B, Guyer LF, Chisenhall RF, Roberto Perez C. Josh Tomlin will start for Cleveland.

Rajai Davis is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Indians in Friday's ALDS Game 2 against the Red Sox.

In addition to Davis in center over Tyler Naquin, the Tribe has Brandon Guyer in left field and Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall both moved down in the batting order. It's their usual setup against lefties, and on Friday they're facing off against David Price. The Indians' full lineup is as follows: Davis CF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Santana DH, Jose Ramirez 3B, Guyer LF, Chisenhall RF, Roberto Perez.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

He singled to right in the second inning to drive in Jose Ramirez and was thrown out trying to make it a double. He doesn't do a whole lot with the bat (.255 batting average, 12 homers, 47 RBI and 71 runs) but he makes up for it with his legs. He has now stolen 41 bases in 47 tries. Only three players have swiped more bags than Davis (Billy Hamilton, Jonathan Villar and Starling Marte).
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 11:29:00 PM

Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with a big three-run homer in Tuesday's victory over the Twins.

The Twins knocked Josh Tomlin out of the game after the righty retired just five batters, but Davis delivered with a three-run shot off of Andrew Albers in the second inning and Francisco Liriano doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth. Davis entered the game in a 2-for-27 funk at the plate, but he's now extended his career high with 12 home runs.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 11:10:00 PM

Rajai Davis went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a steal and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

Davis drove Masahiro Tanaka from the game with a leadoff double to open the seventh inning. He would come around to score on a Roberto Perez RBI single. Even at the age of 35, Davis is still capable of rustling up polite havoc on the base paths -- his steal on Sunday was his 28th of the season. That speed factor keeps him relevant in AL-only and deeper mixed-league formats, though his .261/.323/.414 triple-slash moves the needle considerably less.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Bruce Maxwell
1B1Ryon Healy
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Adam Rosales
3Joe Wendle
SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
3Franklin Barreto
4Yairo Munoz
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Renato Nunez
3Jermaine Curtis
LF1Khris Davis
2Jaycob Brugman
3Jaff Decker
CF1Rajai Davis
2Jake Smolinski
3Alejandro De Aza
RF1Matt Joyce
2Matt Olson
3Andrew Lambo
DH1Yonder Alonso
2Mark Canha
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Andrew Triggs
5Jharel Cotton
6Daniel Mengden
7Raul Alcantara
8Chris Bassitt
9Paul Blackburn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3Santiago Casilla
4John Axford
5Ryan Dull
6Liam Hendriks
7Daniel Coulombe
8Bobby Wahl
9Simon Castro
10Tyler Sturdevant