Aug 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis (20) hits a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rajai Davis (Tigers)
Though Detroit is technically still in play for the AL Wild Card, I wouldn’t bet on them slowing down the fire sale that already saw David Price and Yoenis Cespedes get out of town. Unlike those two, Davis will be coming off the book at year’s end, but that doesn’t mean the Tigers won’t look to add a mid-tier prospect while they have the chance.
I’ve touched on the potential return of Rajai in the past, penning the following:
"With the ability to play all three outfield positions—namely center—and no qualms coming off the bench as he’s currently doing in Detroit, a Bay Area return could be in the cards for Davis. The speedster was nothing but class when he donned the orange and black, and has made it know that he isn’t opposed to a midseason move. The hold-up (there’s always one, isn’t there?) is that Rajai is essentially a right-handed Gregor Blanco with better wheels and worse defense. If the Giants brought him back, I highly doubt they would do so just to use him as a fifth outfielder/pinch-runner extraordinaire. Rather, they would platoon him with Blanco, effectively putting an end to the Angel Pagan era."
The platoon is obviously off the table given how well Blanco’s played of late, but adding Davis as a pinch-hitter/runner and insurance for Nori Aoki would be a wise move. There’s really no downside here unless the team wants to re-add Pagan to the roster for the stretch drive (read: outfielder overload).
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