A source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden this evening that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a deal with veteran outfielder Rajai Davis. The terms of the deal are said to be one year, worth $6 million. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Davis can earn up to $200k worth of incentives if he reaches 600+ plate appearances.
Davis spent all of last season with the Cleveland Indians. In his first and only season in Cleveland, he had a bit of a revival of his 11 year career. He was a crucial part of the Indians World Series run, their first since 1997. The 36-year old outfielder stole a league leading 43 stolen bases, breaking the 40 stole base mark for the fifth time in his career. He hit .249 with 12 HR’s and 48 RBI’s. Perhaps his biggest moment as an Indian came in Game 7 of the World Series. Davis came into the game having not done much during the postseason. With the Indians trailing by two in the bottom of the eighth, Davis smacked a two-run home run off of Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman to tie the game. The Indians did go on to lose, however I’m sure Davis’ improbable home run will be remembered by Indians fans for a long time.
The Indians were rumored to have a strong interest in bringing back the veteran outfielder, however they did not extend him the qualifying offer. However, after spending much of the offseason looking for a centerfielder, the A’s were a perfect fit for Davis. This will be his second stint with the Athletics, as he played there from 2008-10. He will join an outfield mix including Khris Davis, Matt Joyce, Brett Eibner, and Jake Smolinski. In Rajai Davis, A’s manager Bob Melvin now has a much needed everyday option in center field.