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Tigers agree to two-year deal with Rajai Davis

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Rajai Davis will add speed to a station-to-station Tigers' lineup.
Rajai Davis will add speed to a station-to-station Tigers' lineup. (USATSI)

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The Tigers and free agent outfielder Rajai Davis have agreed to a two-year contract. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the deal will pay Davis a total of $10 million.

Davis, 33, hit .260/.312/.375 (88 OPS+) while going 45-for-51 in stolen base attempts in 108 games for the Blue Jays in 2013. Over the last three seasons with Toronto, he's hit .252/.299/.369 (81 OPS+) with 125 steals in 155 attempts.

Detroit is likely to platoon the right-handed hitting Davis with the left-handed hitting Andy Dirks in left field. Davis hit .319/.383/.474 (132 OPS+) against lefties in 2013 while Dirks is a career .278/.333/.418 (101 OPS+) hitter against righties. Rajai also gives the team a speed element they simply have not had in recent years.

The signing likely takes the Tigers out of the running for free agent Shin-Soo Choo, who is being chased by the Rangers, Diamondbacks and other teams at the moment.

 
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