Speedy outfielder Rajai Davis has started to attract some interest, with the Minnesota Twins appearing as the latest team “in” on the 33 year old. Darren Wolfson at 1500ESPN.com is hearing that the team is willing to give him a multi-year deal, which could prove to be a big advantage.
Davis has been a role player for the Toronto Blue Jays for the past three seasons, but has seen his fair share of playing time thanks to his ability to handle all three outfield positions. In 2013 he hit .260/.312/.375 over 360 PA, while stealing 45 bases. Davis has never been much of a power threat, but his ability to take an extra base and his career 268 stolen bases offer up other avenues of value. Minnesota would presumably use him across the entire outfield should they bring him into the mix, rather than installing him as a starter.
The Baltimore Orioles first appeared to be a possibility, with reports early Monday that GM Dan Duquette expected Davis to sign within the next day or two. MASN’s Rock Kubatko was unable to get anything further about whether the Orioles had expressed any interest.
Duquette said he anticipates that Rajai Davis will sign in the next day or 2. Wouldn’t bite when asked about #orioles interest
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 9, 2013
Davis earned just $2.5 Million this past season. He’ll presumably receive a raise from that figure in a new contract, but he certainly won’t break the bank like some of the big-money deals we’ve seen thus far this offseason.