Rajai Davis has made a nice career for himself as a platoon outfielder who always ranks among the league leaders in steals despite a limited number of at-bats. But the most critical part of that equation, at least as far as his Fantasy value is concerned, changed last year. In what was a normal amount of playing time for him, he had only 18 steals, half of what he had the previous year, which suggests he may be slowing down at age 35. He's in line for regular at-bats in Cleveland, at least until Michael Brantley returns from shoulder surgery, which should counteract the declining steals somewhat. But even so, Davis is a low-end choice in Rotisserie leagues.
Davis and the Indians have agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Davis slashed .258/.306/.440 in 112 games for the Tigers last season, while notching 16 doubles and 18 stolen bases. He figures to compete for a starting outfield spot early on, but he's likely best-suited for a platoon role long-term, likely in center field. At 35 years old, Davis' best days are behind him, but he offers above-average speed and is only two years removed from hitting .282 in 461 at-bats for Detroit in 2014.
Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox. Davis had started the previous three games, but it appears he will get the night off Sunday. Tyler Collins will get the start in left field and hit fifth in the order for the Tigers.
Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is not in the lineup Monday against the Rangers. Davis had started six straight contests, but will get the day off Monday. Tyler Collins will get the start in left field and bat second in his stead.
Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis will bat leadoff and make his sixth consecutive start in the outfield Sunday against the Twins. Davis has been jockeying for playing time with Tyler Collins for much of the second half, but seems to have the upper hand on the timeshare in light of his recent performance. During his previous five starts, Davis has accrued nine hits (including two triples and a homer), while scoring four runs and driving in three. He looks like a solid daily league option Sunday in his matchup with occasionally volatile Ervin Santana, who toes the rubber for the Twins.
Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis went 2 for 5 with a game-winning triple in Tuesday's 2-1 extra-inning victory over the White Sox. Davis turned in his fourth multi-hit outing of September and plated Anthony Gose with his three-bagger to deep right field. The veteran outfielder has been productive for the Tigers in 2015 in a platoon situation, and the 10 triples he has amassed this season represent a career best.