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Rajai Davis | Outfielder | #20

Team: Cleveland Indians
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
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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. Nov 7 - 2:52 PM

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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
Nov 5 - 10:03 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.
Nov 3 - 1:13 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.
Nov 2 - 3:39 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.
Oct 30 - 11:48 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.
Oct 25 - 4:06 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.
Oct 7 - 12:40 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).
Sep 24 - 11:29 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.
Aug 30 - 11:10 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.
Aug 7 - 4:44 PM

Rajai Davis is not in the Indians' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

Davis has been on fire lately and is having a tremendous season overall (nine homers, 22 stolen bases, 44 runs scored) but Jose Ramirez will start in left field and bat fifth Wednesday versus Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer. Tyler Naquin is in center and Lonnie Chisenhall is in right. Yan Gomes is also sitting out with Davis.
Jul 6 - 9:26 AM

Rajai Davis had a terrific day at the dish in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, hitting for the cycle.

Davis got the game started with a bang, swatting a solo homer off Marco Estrada. He followed with an RBI triple in the third inning and doubled in the seventh. Strolling to the plate in the ninth inning needing a single, the speedy outfielder deposited the first pitch he saw from Roberto Osuna into right field. He finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI and also swiped his 22nd base of the season.
Jul 2 - 4:29 PM

Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two runs scored in a win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Davis connected for a solo homer against Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the second inning, his eighth home run of the year. He's got multi-hit performances in four of his last seven starts, swatting four doubles and a home run in that time. The 35-year-old is hitting .271/.333/.433 with 29 RBI, 40 runs scored and a league-best 21 stolen bases overall.
Jun 30 - 11:26 PM

Rajai Davis is out of the Indians' lineup Tuesday versus the Braves.

The Indians will go with Jose Ramirez, Tyler Naquin, and Lonnie Chisenhall from left to right in their outfielder versus right-hander Aaron Blair. Cleveland is looking for their 11th straight victory.

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Guillermo Quiroz
5Erik Kratz
1B1Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
7Edwin Escobar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Kyle Crockett
7Edwin Escobar
8Joseph Colon
9Cody Anderson
10Adam Plutko
11Shawn Armstrong
12Austin Adams
13Perci Garner
14Hoby Milner