Tag:Rajai Davis
Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Arbitration deals: Fielder gets $15.5 million


The deadline for submitting arbitration figures is less than an hour away at this writing, and compromise deals for arb-eligible players are rolling in fast and furious. We won't list all of them here (here is a good resource for a comprehensive look), but here is a look at some of the notable deals (links lead to sources):

* Prince Fielder, who seemed certain to reach a hearing, made a last-minute deal with the Brewers for $15.5 million. He made $10.5 million last season. As noted by Tom Haudricort of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the deal ends Zack Greinke's short reign as highest-paid Brewer ever. Greinke, traded to the Brewers last month, is due $13.5 million next season.

* Stephen Drew has re-upped with the Diamondbacks on a two-year deal, per Jon-Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. He'll earn $13.75 million over the two years, with a mutual option for 2013. Drew was slated to become a free agent after 2012, so this deal may only buy out one year of free agency.

* A hefty price just came down on closer Matt Capps, agreeing to a $7.15 million deal with the Twins as MLB.com reports. This is one deal that is tough to see, although he did save 42 games with an ERA under 3.00 in 2010.

* Postseason hero Cody Ross has received a contract worth $6.3 million from the Giants, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

* Jane Lee of MLB.com has two Athletics agreeing to deals: Dallas Braden signing for $3.35 million and outfielder Conor Jackson for $3.32. Braden is coming off a season in which he tossed a perfect game, while Jackson is hoping to revitalize his career after a lost 2010.

* Brandon Morrow, one of the Jays' young fireballing starters, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a deal that will pay him $2.3 million as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reveals.

* Jonathan Papelbon receives an incremental raise over 2010 and will take home $12 million in 2010, writes CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam. Jacoby Ellsbury, meanwhile, packs away $2.4 million.

* Lefty starter John Danks is a rich man after agreeing to a $6 million deal with the White Sox as SI.com's Jon Heyman says.

* The Yankees used some of the money left over from not signing Cliff Lee to ink starter Phil Hughes to a $2.7 million deal as Heyman reports.

* Some hefty money being paid in Texas. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Nelson Cruz hauls in $3.65 million according to ESPN while C.J. Wilson gears up for free agency after the season with a $7 million payday.

* New Cub Matt Garza will earn $5.95 million on the north side of Chicago as Heyman writes. Sean Marshall, meanwhile, signs a two-year deal worth $4.7 million, ChicagoBreakingSports.com reports. Marshall is expected to move to the starting rotation and join up with Garza.

* Chad Billingsley will net $6.275 million from the Dodgers, reports Dylan Hernandes of the Los Angeles Times.

* J.J. Hardy will make $5.85 million in his first year with the Orioles, reports the Baltimore Sun.

* Jordan Bastian of MLB.com has Shin-Soo Choo receiving a $3.975 million deal from the Indians.

* As we reported earlier, Padres closer Heath Bell settled for $7.5 million.

* The Padres also got a deal done with outfielder Ryan Ludwick for $6.775 million. He made $5.45 million last season.

* Outfielder Rajai Davis gets a two-year deal from the Blue Jays, worth $2.5 million in 2011 and $2.75 million in 2012 with a $3 million club option in 2013.

* Closer David Aardsma is back in Seattle for $4.5 million, reports the Seattle Times.

* Astros infielder Clint Barmes settled for $3.925 million.

* The Athletics and outfielder Josh Willingham agreed to a $6 million deal in his last year of arbitration eligibility. That's a raise from $4.6 million.

-- David Andriesen and Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Jays get OF Davis for minor-league relievers

Rajai Davis Oh, the excitement that is the Hot Stove League.

No doubt, it's a little warmer in Toronto today at the news of the Blue Jays getting Rajai Davis for minor-league right-handed relievers Trystan Magnusson and Daniel Farquhar.

Magnusson was part of the 2010 Futures Game, but was not one of the team's Top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America.

Davis hit .284/.320/.377 with 50 stolen bases for the A's last season. In his career, he's hit .281/.320/.383 with 142 stolen bases. He can play all three outfield spots, but mostly played center for the A's. He's also played for the Giants and Pirates before coming to Oakland in 2008.

Magnusson went 3-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 46 games for Double-A New Hampshire, striking out 63 batters and walking 10, while allowing 70 hits in 73 1/3 innings pitched.

Farquhar was 4-3 with a  3.52 ERA in 53 games for New Hampshire, striking out 79 batters, walking 42 and allowing 50 hits in 76 2/3 innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Braves looking for low-cost outfielders

Davis The Braves need an outfielder (if not more than one), and may target Pat Burrell to fill that void as MLB.com reports .

The problem is that Burrell may be too expensive for Atlanta, which is working with limited funds. With a desire to go after a right-handed hitter as the lineup is already deep in lefties, that limits the Braves' options -- but not completely.

Two names that Mark Bowman of MLB.com throws out there are Oakland's Rajai Davis and Washington's Josh Willingham.

Davis (pictured) looks to be squeezed out of Oakland thanks to the trade for David DeJesus, and it's possible that the A's could choose to simply nontender Davis, who stole 50 bases last season.

Davis could leadoff for the Braves with that kind of speed, but the problem is that Davis had a .320 OBP in 2010, down from 2009's .360.  Given Davis received a full season of at-bats in 2010 and only 390 in 2009, 2010 looks to be the more certain trend moving forward.

Alas, as Bowman notes, Atlanta's limited options and funds may require they acquire an outfielder that has a wart or two. With that in mind, Davis could work out nicely for Atlanta as someone who brings speed and who has a chance to revert back to his 2009 numbers of .305/.360/.423.

Davis is eligible for arbitration and figures to make over $2 million after playing for $1.35 million in 2010. The Braves could choose to sweat out Oakland and hope he is non-tendered when the arbitration deadline rolls around, but Davis remains cheap enough and valuable enough that some team would likely jump at the chance to acquire him in a trade.

Willingham, meanwhile, loves it in Washington and wants to stay, but the Nats may choose to deal him in advance of his pending free agency after 2011. Willingham would cost significantly more than Davis in a deal and has a reputation as an injury-prone player. However, Atlanta has seen plenty of Willingham thanks to his playing for Washington and previously, the Marlins and may want to import the slugger to do the damage to other teams for a change.

In free agency, right-handed bats that could fit include Jermaine Dye (who has already heard from three teams on returning to the bigs), Bill Hall, Marcus Thames, or even Magglio Ordonez.

-- Evan Brunell

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