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20 Rajai Davis LF
Height/Weight: 5-9/195 | Birthdate: 10/19/1980 | Birthplace: Norwich, CT | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Connecticut | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 45/36 | Average Draft Position: 257.79
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Rajai Davis swipes two bases Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis went 1 for 4 with two stolen bases in his team's 6-0 loss to the Padres Friday.

Davis has spent the last three games batting leadoff for the Tigers, and he has at least one steal in four straight games as well as at least one hit in five straight games. He's hit .286/.333/.429 in 21 at-bats, and he owns a share of the stolen-base lead in the American League with five.


Tigers unveil opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his opening day lineup for Monday's game against the Royals. Second baseman Ian Kinsler will hit leadoff and be followed by right fielder Torii Hunter, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, DH Victor Martinez, center fielder Austin Jackson, catcher Alex Avila, third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Alex Gonzalez and left field Rajai Davis.

Jackson has primarily hit leadoff in his career, but after the spring he put together, Ausmus made the decision to hit him in the heart of the order. Jackson hit .429 (24 for 56) with two triples, two home runs, five doubles, 14 RBI and 17 runs in 18 spring games.

"The way Austin Jackson hit this spring, he was the best option to bat fifth," Ausmus said.


Rajai Davis returns Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis has returned to the starting lineup Tuesday, according to mlive.com.

Davis has missed over a week due to a hamstring injury. He will leadoff and play left field against the Braves. Davis hit .260/.312/.375 in 331 at-bats last year.


Rajai Davis due back Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis (hamstring) is expected to return to the spring lineup Monday against the Pirates. He has been sidelined since Monday because of a sore hamstring.

Rajai Davis adds running to workout, nearing return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis added running to his workout on Saturday after going through agility drills on Friday. He is expected to return to the lineup in the next few days, MLB.com reports.

Davis has been sidelined since March 14 due to a sore hamstring. He is hitting .387/.457/.484 over 31 Grapefruit League at bats.

Rajai Davis expected to return Sunday or Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is expected to return to the lineup Sunday or Monday, MLive.com reports.

Davis has been out since Monday while resting his sore hamstring.


Rajai Davis getting a few more days to rest


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday he intends to give outfielder Rajai Davis, who was scratched Monday with a sore hamstring, four days to rest, per the Detroit Free Press. The next date Davis might appear in a game is Friday.

Rajai Davis (hamstring) scratched as a precaution


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis was scratched as a precaution for Monday's spring game against the Nationals due to a tight hamstring, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters.

"It was my call," Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "He said he could play."


Tigers still see starter-by-default Rajai Davis as part-timer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Rajai Davis will likely spend the next few months as the starting left fielder for the Tigers, but only by default, according to the Detroit News. He was signed to platoon with Andy Dirks, who is out for three months following back surgery.

Asked if he still considers Davis a platoon player, Brad Ausmus said he does. "I'm not locked into it, but probably if I had to choose today, I'd lean that direction," he said. "That doesn't mean he can't earn his way into more playing time with us. We gotta fill that position somehow. And if Rajai proves he can play against any starting pitcher, then he'll play if he helps us win."

Davis has thrived mostly left-handed pitching throughout his career. He has been one of the premier base stealers in the sport, but you can't steal first base. His .312 on-base percentage last season was a reflection of his impatience and poor eye at the plate. He had just 21 walks in 331 at-bats.


Tigers sign Rajai Davis to two-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) The Tigers have signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a two-year deal, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Davis was said to be close with the club Tuesday morning. He'll likely be the starter in left field, replacing Andy Dirks. Davis hit .260/.312/.375 in 331 at-bats last season. He stole 45 bases. The terms of the contract are not known at this time. The deal is said to be between $9 million and $10 million.


Report: Rajai Davis close to two-year deal with Tigers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Free-agent outfielder Rajai Davis is close to a two-year deal with the Tigers, according to FoxSports1.

The Tigers are looking for an upgrade in left field, and were said to be in on Davis. There's a sense that Shin-Soo Choo may have become too expensive for the club. Last season with the Blue Jays, the 33-year-old Davis hit .260/.312/.375 in 331 at-bats.


TIgers focusing on Rajai Davis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) The Tigers may be looking at outfielder Rajai Davis to fill their void in left field, according to the Detroit News

The team is looking to to replace Andy Dirks in left, and Shin-Soo Choo may be too expensive. Davis is part of the team's second tier options. That tier could also include Michael Morse and Corey Hart. Davis hit .260/.312/.375 in 331 at-bats last season.


Blue Jays file for free agency


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to starting pitcher Josh Johnson, who was not extended a qualifying offer, and Munenori Kawasaki, who had his team option declined, Blue Jays starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz and outfielder Rajai Davis have filed for free agency.

Davis had 45 steals in a part-time role in 2013 and has averaged 41.7 steals in three seasons with the team.


Rajai Davis goes deep in win


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Toronto outfielder Rajai Davis went deep in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks from Arizona. Davis homered for the third time this season in the second inning off starter Wade Miley. It was a two-run shot with two outs.

Davis finished the game going 1 for 5 with four strikeouts for the Blue Jays. He's batting .264 on the season. Davis has gone 5 for 17 (.294) over his last five games with two doubles, a triple, a HR and three runs batted in.

Rajai Davis useful in Head-to-Head leagues, too


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/23/2013) Considering he's second in the majors with 40 steals despite spending the vast majority of this season in a reserve role, Rajai Davis' appeal to Rotisserie league owners now that he's starting more games than not is obvious.

But here's the thing: Stolen bases count for something in Head-to-Head formats also -- specifically, two points (at least in standard CBSSports.com leagues).

Davis wasn't in the starting lineup for three of the Blue Jays' last 13 games -- most of which came before Jose Bautista went down. He hit just .244 during that stretch. And yet he was still the 30th-best outfielder in Head-to-Head leagues, making him a deserving starter even in 10-team, three-outfielder formats. It's all because of the six steals he had. Do you really think he's going to slow down now?

I'm not saying he's a must-start option every week in Head-to-Head points leagues, but he's at least as useful as Michael Brantley and Carl Crawford going forward.


Rajai Davis tallies two-RBI double in doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis had a two-RBI double in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Yankees. Davis is batting .333 (6 for 18) with two RBI, two stolen bases and three doubles in his last five games (four starts).

Rajai Davis with big game in win


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis hit a little league home run Wednesday during a game against Boston. Davis reached base on an infield single to the pitcher in the third inning and scored on the play after two Red Sox throwing errors.

Davis finished the game 3 for 5 for Toronto with two doubles and two runs scored, including the game-winning run in extra innings. He's batting .272 on the season.

The speedy 32-year-old had gone 0 for 15 in his previous six appearances before notching two hits Wednesday. He has 34 stolen bases on the season.

Spot clear for Rajai Davis


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/14/2013) When Melky Cabrera went on the DL with torn meniscus in his left knee a couple weeks ago, most Fantasy owners assumed stolen base fiend Rajai Davis would take over as the Blue Jays' starting left fielder. But instead, Emilio Bonifacio -- he of the .200-ish batting average -- has gotten the majority of the starts there.

That all changes now, though, with Bonifacio headed to Kansas City for a player to be named later and cash. Unless the Blue Jays turn to Anthony Gose or some other less-than-deserving minor-leaguer, they have no excuse for sitting Davis.

And frankly, they shouldn't want to. Despite starting just 51 games all season, Davis is tied for the fourth-most steals in all of baseball. He had a three-steal game Aug. 4 and a four-steal game July 28. He runs like a madman.

Sure, he's batting just .264 with a .654 OPS, but if he continues to run at the rate he did as a part-timer, anything else he provides is gravy. He's a definitive must-add in Rotisserie leagues, and he deserves a flier in Head-to-Head leagues that award two points per stolen base.


Rajai Davis productive when he gets on base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis tallied three singles, three runs and three stolen bases Sunday against the Angels. He also had one RBI.

Davis has seven stolen bases in his last four games after managing six in his previous 17 games. Davis hit .176 with a .236 on-base percentage during that 17-game span. He's batting .333 with a .375 on-base percentage in his last four games.


Rajai Davis steals four bases


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis had a big game on the bases Sunday during a 2-1 win over the Astros. Although Davis didn't score any runs, he did pick up four stolen bases. 

Davis stole second three times and third once as he's up to 31 steals on the year. He went 1 for 3 at the plate with a walk and is batting .281. 

The 32-year-old Davis has three hits in his last seven games played but seven stolen bases over that stretch. 


Rajai Davis has big stat line


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis drove in three runs and scored three during an 11-5 win over the Twins Sunday.

Davis went 2 for 4 with a double and his second home run of the season, a three-run shot to left in the fifth inning. He added his 22nd stolen base and a walk. He's batting .296. 

The big day was an anomaly for Davis, who has just two homers and 11 RBI in 55 games. 


Rajai Davis not just for Roto owners


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/2/2013) So far, Rajai Davis has done exactly what he's supposed to do, helping Rotisserie owners make up ground in the steals category by swiping seven bags in four games since taking over for the injured Melky Cabrera.

Shoot, at that pace, Head-to-Head owners ought to take note as well.

It's true Davis is just a one-trick pony. He has little power and minimal on-base ability. But already in his career, he's proven that if he hits even moderately well, that one trick is good enough to sustain him in all formats. As a regular for the Athletics back in 2010, he hit .284, which along with his 50 steals, made him a top-50 outfielder in Head-to-Head leagues. He averaged 2.77 Head-to-Head points per game that year, which is about what Alex Gordon has averaged this year.

Knowing what he can offer, Al Melchior agreed with me on Fantasy Baseball Today that Davis is underowned. He isn't a permanent fixture in the Blue Jays' lineup, but while he's playing every day and slapping his way on base, he's startable in all formats.


Rajai Davis keeps adding to stolen-base total


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis pushed his hitting streak to six games with a 2-for-5 performance Monday against the Tigers. Davis had his sixth double, scored twice and had two steals.

It was the third time in four games Davis has had two stolen bases. He's batting .455 (10 for 22) with two doubles, two walks, six runs and seven stolen bases in his last six games.


Rajai Davis swipes 19th base


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis had a productive game Sunday in Boston during a 5-4 loss. Davis stole a base and recorded two hits. 

The speedy left fielder went 2 for 5 at the plate with two singles. He scored a run and stole his 19th base of the season. Davis is batting .317. 

The 32-year-old has hit in five straight games. He's gone 8 for 17 over that span with four runs scored and five stolen bases. 


Rajai Davis a must if you need steals


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/28/2013) With Melky Cabrera sidelined by tendinitis in his knee, Rajai Davis is the most likely player to replace him in the Blue Jays' lineup, which means if you need to make up ground in the steals category, the time to add him is now.

Unlike the Eric Youngs of the world, he's not just a hopeful contributor of steals. He's a lock. He averaged 42.8 stolen bases over the previous four seasons, and he wasn't an everday player for much of that time. Even as a reserve this year, he was making an imapct in the category, swiping 14 bases in 15 chances. Regular at-bats will only help his cause.

Granted, he doesn't have much power or on-base ability, and he's hit-or-miss in batting average. If you add him in Fantasy, it should be for steals and steals alone. But he'll contribute enough of them for you to make up a spot or two in that category during Cabrera's absence.