Oakland Athletics reportedly sign OF Rajai Davis

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 4, 2017 at 1:17 AM
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Outfielder Rajai Davis signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, as first reported by Yahoo! Sports and later confirmed by multiple outlets.

Davis, 36, slashed .249/.306/.388 with 12 home runs and 43 stolen bases over 134 games with the Cleveland Indians last season. The Indians balked at the $17.2 million qualifying offer needed to retain his services, which would have also cost Cleveland a draft pick.

The Indians instead chose to sign former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal.

Davis was a key contributor on an Indians squad that was the American League champion and reached the World Series this season. Davis was quiet for most of the playoffs other than a two-run homer in Game 7 of the World Series against former Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman to tie it 6 before the Indians lost 8-7 in 10 innings.

In 11 seasons, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the San Francisco Giants, Oakland, the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers and Indians, Davis has a .267 average and 365 stolen bases. Davis stole 116 bases and batted .252 in three seasons with the A's from 2008 to 2010.

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