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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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Rajai Davis (hamstring) could return to the Athletics' lineup Sunday.
Davis sat out a second straight game Saturday with a tight left hamstring, but he tested the hammy out pregame with some running and hitting. "I think we’re potentially close to getting him in a game," manager Bob Melvin said. "That’s obviously a big part of his game, the running portion, so we don’t want to overdo it, and we want to give him time so once he’s in there, he can play his game. ... Hopefully in the next day or two, he’s back in there in some capacity." Apr 23 - 10:12 AM

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Rajai Davis (hamstring) is again absent from the A's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners.

Jaff Decker is drawing another start in center field and is batting ninth for the A's on Saturday while Adam Rosales slides up to the leadoff spot. If Davis isn't ready to return on Sunday, it would not be surprising to see the A's place him on the disabled list.
Apr 22 - 1:01 PM

Rajai Davis (hamstring) is not in the Athletics' starting lineup on Friday.

A's skipper Bob Melvin said that the speedy outfielder will need a couple of days before returning to the lineup. There's a chance that they could wind up placing him on the disabled list if he doesn't progress quickly. Jaff Decker is starting in his place and batting leadoff for the A's on Friday against the Mariners.
Apr 21 - 8:04 PM

Batting leadoff in Monday's loss to the Rangers, Rajai Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk and a caught stealing.

He had the base stolen, but he overslid the bag. Davis also committed his second error in center field tonight. He's hitting .182/.245/.364 in 44 at-bats. It'd be for the best if the A's could turn him into a fourth outfielder someday soon, but they don't have anyone they'd rather step in right now.
Apr 18 - 1:36 AM

Rajai Davis went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday’s loss to the Royals.

Davis connected for a solo shot off Kelvin Herrera to open the ninth. That tater drew the A’s to within 3-1, but they were unable to make any further scoring headway. The homer was Davis’ first of the season. The veteran outfielder does not figure to be providing much pop for fantasy lineups as the campaign progresses – he has just one double-digit homer season to his name, that coming last season with the Indians – but remains a legitimate contributor due to his prowess as a base-stealer.
Apr 14 - 5:07 AM

Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Athletics' No. 9 hitter Wednesday.

The A's seemed very committed to batting Davis leadoff when they signed him, but it didn't even last the first few days of the regular season, as Bob Melvin seems to be trying something new with his lineup every day. The A's likely are better off batting Davis first against lefties and ninth against righties, but it's not like they have any great alternatives to him in the top spot (Marcus Semien was there tonight). If Davis gets hot, he'll probably yet get that extended run as a leadoff man.
Apr 12 - 11:38 PM

Rajai Davis is batting ninth in Monday's game against the Royals.

Davis hit second Sunday against Rangers lefty Martin Perez, but he's sliding down in the order with right-hander Ian Kennedy on the hill for Kansas City. Marcus Semien is getting another start out of the leadoff spot Monday while Matt Joyce will hit second. Stephen Vogt is also back in the lineup after getting the day off Sunday.
Apr 10 - 11:59 AM

Rajai Davis went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Friday against the Rangers.

It’s been a rough start for Davis, as he’s 2-for-21 (.095) with seven strikeouts and no walks to begin the year. The 36-year-old led the AL with 43 steals last season, but he had a lowly .306 on-base percentage and a .693 OPS. The A’s are committed to using him as their starting center fielder, but it’s easy to imagine him eventually being dropped from regular leadoff duties.
Apr 8 - 12:40 AM

Rajai Davis was scratched from Wednesday's Cactus League lineup because of "logistical reasons."

In other words, it wasn't injury-related. Nothing to see here. Davis is projected to serve as the regular center fielder for the A's this year and should deliver plenty of value to fantasy owners with his speed.
Mar 29 - 1:20 PM

Rajai Davis went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League affair with the Reds.

Davis socked a two-run home run off Amir Garrett in the third inning. That was his first homer of the spring. The veteran outfielder is not much of a power threat on the whole -- his 12 dingers a year ago were the most he has hit in a season -- but offers a strong speed aspect for fantasy owners, having swiped at least 35 bases in four of the last five seasons. He stole 43 during the 2016 season.
Mar 25 - 8:56 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ryon Healy
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Adam Rosales
3Joe Wendle
SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Khris Davis
CF1Rajai Davis
2Jake Smolinski
RF1Matt Joyce
DH1Yonder Alonso
Starting Pitcher
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Jharel Cotton
5Andrew Triggs
6Jesse Hahn
7Daniel Mengden
8Chris Bassitt
9Cesar Valdez
Relief Pitcher
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sean Doolittle
3Ryan Madson
4Ryan Dull
5John Axford
6Liam Hendriks
7Daniel Coulombe
8Frankie Montas
9Raul Alcantara