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Rajai Davis | Outfielder | #20

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UConn-Avery Point
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 38 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Rajai Davis slugged a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Friday, leading the Tigers to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Twins.

The Tigers battled all the way back from a 4-0 deficit to hang a soul-crushing defeat on their division rival Twins who are still in the thick of the American League Wild Card race. His two-run blast came off former Twins closer Glen Perkins. Davis also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4 and is now hitting .259/.308/.450 with eight homers and 29 RBI on the year.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 10:57:00 PM

Rajai Davis sent the Tigers home winners on Tuesday against the White Sox, hitting a walk-off RBI triple.

The Tigers had hit two ground outs to open the bottom of the 10th, but Anthony Gose walked against Zach Duke ahead of Davis to keep hope alive. Davis sent a triple to right field, allowing the speedy Gose to scamper home. Davis finished 2-for-5 on the night. He's hitting .250/.301/.429 with seven home runs, 26 RBI, 50 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases this season.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 10:14:00 PM

Rajai Davis delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly as the Tigers edged the Rays 8-7 in 13 innings.

It was a game of highs and lows for the outfielder. Davis got the scoring started in the third inning with a solo home run, his seventh of the season, before dropping a fly ball that eventually led to the tying run scoring in the ninth. The 34-year-old atoned for his mistake with the sacrifice fly that was just deep enough to score James McCann from third base in the bottom of the 13th. Davis is hitting .247/.294/.432 on the year.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 01:36:00 AM

Rajai Davis slugged two home runs in the Tigers' 5-4 defeat of the Rays on Monday afternoon.

Davis opened the game's scoring with a two-run shot off Rays starter Drew Smyly in the bottom of the third inning and then put the Tigers ahead for good with a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh. Davis finished the game with two runs scored and three RBI. He looks to be waking up from a two-month slump.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 04:18:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus revealed Saturday that Rajai Davis has been playing through a left middle finger injury since mid-May.

Davis said that the injury has led to him not placing his finger on the bat when he swings. The speedster is hitting just .179 (19-for-106) over the last two months, so it would stand to reason that the ailment is affecting him.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Rajai Davis had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Astros, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

To be fair, the Tigers' offense as a whole struggled mightily against Dallas Keuchel and company, logging a total of one run on six hits. Davis, a notorious lefty-masher, has struggled against all types of hurlers this season and is slashing a disappointing .246/.298/.402 on the year.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 11:21:00 PM

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman on Monday that he knows nothing about the speculation that Rajai Davis has been traded to the Cardinals.

That speculation started when Davis suddenly followed over 30 accounts related to the Cardinals on Twitter. The 34-year-old outfielder was in the visitors clubhouse on Monday at Tropicana Field with a Tigers t-shirt and Tigers shorts. Moving right along.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 03:46:00 PM

Rajai Davis is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Rays.

What's notable about this is that Davis just followed a bunch of Cardinals-related accounts on Twitter, signaling that a trade might be close. Or it could just be nothing. Davis probably wouldn't be playing anyway Monday against Rays right-hander Nate Karns.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 03:11:00 PM

Rajai Davis went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

Davis notched his RBI via a double in the fourth inning. It was his seventh two-bagger of the season. His triple was the sixth such hit he's managed this season. A pure speed threat, Davis is hitting .281/.347/.444 with 14 steals and 24 runs scored.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 09:31:00 PM

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