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Rajai Davis | Outfielder | #20

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (35) / 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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Rajai Davis had a double and a three-run homer off the Mariners' Nathan Karns on Thursday.
A rare big game for Davis against a right-hander. He'll likely play against them a whole lot less frequently when Michael Brantley comes off the disabled list, though it's possible he'll see time over Lonnie Chisenhall if Chisenhall fails to produce. Apr 21 - 4:37 PM

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Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with a homer, a walk and two steals Thursday against the Rays.

The Indians took advantage of Hank Conger's throwing issues today, going 5-for-5 stealing bases (Jason Kipnis also stole two, while Francisco Lindor swiped one). While he's struck out 11 times already, Davis is hitting .231/.310/.462 with three steals in seven games. He'll lose at-bats once the Indians get Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall back from the DL.
Apr 14 - 5:24 PM

Rajai Davis is not in the Indians' starting lineup Thursday evening against the Red Sox.

Jose Ramirez will play left field, Tyler Naquin will play center, and Marlon Byrd is in right against Red Sox starter Joe Kelly. Davis is 1-for-6 with three strikeouts through his first two regular-season games.
Apr 7 - 2:22 PM

Rajai Davis will bat leadoff in Tuesday's season opener against the Red Sox.

It's a repeat of the original lineup for Monday's game, which was pushed back a day due to rain and snow in Cleveland. Davis will start in center field and will be flanked by Marlon Byrd in left and Collin Cowgill in right. Tyler Naquin is on the bench against lefty David Price, but he should see plenty of action against righties in the early going. Cleveland's full lineup: Davis CF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Carlos Santana DH, Yan Gomes C, Marlon Byrd LF, Juan Uribe 3B, Collin Cowgill RF. Corey Kluber will start for Cleveland.
Apr 5 - 9:35 AM

Rajai Davis is leading off for the Indians in Monday's season opener against the Red Sox.

He's starting in center field, with Marlon Byrd handling left field, Collin Cowgill starting in right field, and Cactus League darling Tyler Naquin (a left-handed hitter) riding the pine. The full Opening Day lineup for Cleveland versus Red Sox lefty David Price: Rajai Davis CF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Carlos Santana DH, Yan Gomes C, Marlon Byrd LF, Juan Uribe 3B, Collin Cowgill RF. Corey Kluber is the Indians' opening-game starting pitcher.
Apr 4 - 12:00 PM

Rajai Davis went 3-for-4 with three singles in Tuesday's game against the Rangers.

Davis, who previously had one hit in 22 at-bats, finally found his stroke Tuesday versus Texas. With Michael Brantley (shoulder) set to open the season on the disabled list, Davis is projected to start in the outfield for the Indians at the beginning of the season. He might have some early mixed-league value.
Mar 15 - 6:46 PM

Rajai Davis had a rough day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Rockies, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

Davis is slated to open the season as the club's everyday left fielder while Michael Brantley is on the disabled list, and could wind up hitting out of the leadoff spot with a strong showing in the spring. He has struggled early though, hitting just .053 (1-for-19).
Mar 11 - 7:21 PM

Rajai Davis went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday’s Cactus League loss to the Reds.

Indians manager Terry Francona has apparently decided against using Carlos Santana out of the leadoff spot, which leaves Davis as the most likely option. That’s not really good thing as far as real-life impact, as the veteran speedster owns a .316 career on-base percentage and is better against southpaws than he is against right-handers, but it could certainly help his fantasy value.
Mar 3 - 6:24 PM

Rajai Davis struck out twice in three at-bats Tuesday in the Indians' Cactus League opener versus the Reds.

Jon Moscot whiffed him in the bottom of the first inning and Blake Wood got him in the fifth. Davis also flied out to right field against Brandon Finnegan in the third, finishing the day 0-for-3. The veteran outfielder is going to have to shoulder a big load in Cleveland early this season with Michael Brantley recovering from offseason surgery and Abraham Almonte serving an 80-game PED suspension. Davis should carry some sneaky fantasy value into the 2016 campaign if he can get his 35-year-old bat and legs going.
Mar 1 - 6:16 PM

Indians signed OF Rajai Davis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

The agreement was reported on Wednesday evening and then officially announced Thursday after Davis passed his pre-signing physical. The veteran speedster will give the Indians some much-needed outfield depth with Michael Brantley due to miss at least one month following major offseason shoulder surgery. Davis had a cool .746 OPS with eight home runs and 18 stolen bases in 112 games this past summer for Detroit.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 01:04:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Indians have reached a contract agreement with free agent outfielder Rajai Davis pending a physical.

The contract's reported to be in the neighborhood of one-year, $5.25 million plus incentives. Davis saw 370 plate appearances with the Tigers in 2015, slashing .258/.306/.440 with eight homers and 18 steals in that space. While the .440 slugging mark was the highest of his major league career, the 18 steals represented his lowest career total for a campaign with 20 or more at-bats. He turned 35 in October.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians, Rangers, and Twins are interested in free agent outfielder Rajai Davis.

The Indians need outfielders and have reportedly discussed a one-year deal with an option, but they have some competition. Davis, 35, batted .258/.306/.440 with eight homers and 18 steals across 370 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are discussing a one-year contract with an option with Rajai Davis.

Davis would certainly be a fit, as the Indians have a hole in center field and also will need a left fielder for a while with Michael Brantley recovering from shoulder surgery. The speedster batted .258/.306/.440 with eight homers and 18 steals across 370 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 05:11:00 PM

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign free agent Rajai Davis.

The club had extended Davis an offer this offseason before they decided to acquire Cameron Maybin from the Braves last week. That almost assuredly pushes Davis out of the picture as the club already has four outfielders under contract and considers Davis primarily a platoon option. The 35-year-old slashed .258/.306/.440 with eight homers, 30 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 370 plate appearances in 2015.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 10:32:00 PM

Rajai Davis said Sunday that he would like to return to the Tigers next season.

"Absolutely," said the 34-year-old impending free agent. "But it's up in the air. It's not really totally in my hands." Davis has posted a cool .752 OPS with eight home runs and 18 stolen bases in 108 games this season for Detroit, but he turns 35 years old next month and much of his value is generated from his legs. It's very possible the Tigers will go in another direction.
Source: MLive.com
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Chris Gimenez
4Adam Moore
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Michael Brantley
2Jose Ramirez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Rajai Davis
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Marlon Byrd
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Zach McAllister
4Jeff Manship
5Dan Otero
6Tommy Hunter
7Joba Chamberlain
8Kyle Crockett