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Athletics Nation Jan 13, 2017
Updating the Oakland A’s lineup with Trevor Plouffe

Updating the Oakland A’s lineup with Trevor Plouffe

The Oakland A’s are suddenly making moves at a rapid pace. After adding just one MLB player in the first two months of the offseason (Matt Joyce), they have now added three more in the last two weeks: OF Rajai Davis, 3B Trevor Plouffe, and RHP Santiago Casilla. We already talked about Rajai taking the leadoff spot, but let’s see how Plouffe fits into the lineup. Plouffe is likely to get the bulk of time at 3B, with Ryon Healy at DH and 1B (with Alonso).— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 11, 2017 That tells us a lot about the defensive positioning, which is half the story....
Athletics Nation Jan 12, 2017
Welcome back to the Oakland A’s, Rajai Davis!

Welcome back to the Oakland A’s, Rajai Davis!

All your base is belong to Rajai In Oakland, we’re used to the idea of watching young players develop, clinging to them for a few years (if we’re lucky), then waving a tearful goodbye as they head off into the real world like the good parents we are. It’s rare, though, that we get to see them come back to us. Seven years ago, Davis went off to Toronto, Detroit, then Cleveland, stealing bases, hearts, and almost a World Series from the Cubs. Now he’s back in green and gold, ready to jump back to the team where he kick-started his career in 2008, and probably share the...
CSN Bay Area Jan 9, 2017

A's position outlook: Much different outfield in 2017; Bautista to Oakland?

The A's will put out a revamped outfield in 2017 with additions like Rajai Davis and Matt Joyce. Could a big bat also be in the mix?
Athletics Nation Jan 9, 2017
The Weekly Bernie, 1/9/17: Oakland A’s not done yet after adding Rajai Davis

The Weekly Bernie, 1/9/17: Oakland A’s not done yet after adding Rajai Davis

The A’s have found their new centerfielder in old friend Rajai Davis, and have also shown some interest in other free agents, among other news. Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie! It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling once more! On Tuesday evening the A’s signed 36 year-old outfielder Rajai Davis to a one year, $6 million contract. Rajai, who played for the A’s from 2008 through 2010, had a nice bounceback campaign with the American League Champion Cleveland Indians in 2016. He hit a career-high 12 home runs and stole an AL-leading 43 bases. He will likely be the...
Athletics Nation Jan 6, 2017
Does Rajai Davis belong at the top of the Oakland A’s lineup?

Does Rajai Davis belong at the top of the Oakland A’s lineup?

After a slow couple months to start the offseason, the Oakland A’s news has picked up quickly in the new year. Most importantly, they signed a player, center fielder Rajai Davis. Let’s see how he fits into the A’s lineup. Pinch hitting on #Athletics. GM David Forst says Rajai Davis will get majority of time in CF, likely will bat near top of order— Ron Kroichick (@ronkroichick) January 4, 2017 First off, as things stand now, we can expect Rajai to be the regular starter in CF. He’s clearly the best defender, and a better bet overall than Jake Smolinski or Brett Eibner. The...
Athletics Nation Jan 5, 2017
Reasons to love the Rajai Davis signing

Reasons to love the Rajai Davis signing

As much as you can love a low-impact deal. Rajai Davis is not the missing piece of the puzzle. He’s not going to teach Khris Davis how to throw, Matt Joyce how to catch, or Jed Lowrie how to do anything. He himself is flawed, as is the A’s team he’s poised to join in 2017. But I love the Rajai Davis signing, as much as one can love a single year, $6 million signing of an aging, OBP challenged speedster, and I think you should too. Here's why. The cost is minimal None of the following would hold true if Davis wasn’t a bargain. Beyond being a bargain, Davis is essentially no risk....
Sacramento Bee Jan 4, 2017

Rajai Davis eager to help Athletics turn fortunes around

David Forst remembers the exact moment when Rajai Davis hit his World Series-tying home run in Game 7 for Cleveland. The son of Oakland's general manager, 6-year-old Judah, would not …
CSN Bay Area Jan 4, 2017

A's aren't done looking for hitters after signing Davis

Having added some speed to their lineup, the As would like to complement it with some thump.While discussing the signing of center fielder and potential leadoff man Rajai Davis, Oakland general manager David Forst said Wednesday that he hopes to keep adding to the offense, preferably in the form of a right-handed hitter.
Athletics Nation Jan 4, 2017
3 A’s I’m Excited to See in 2017

3 A’s I’m Excited to See in 2017

I had hoped that the new year would bring an exciting move and showcase the direction the Oakland A’s are taking in 2017. After all the A’s offered the most money to a star free agent, even though he didn’t sign with the team. Signing Rajai Davis brought those hopes to a screeching halt. Many fans are mildly excited about the return of Davis. Some remain neutral and argue that while Davis isn’t a huge help, he won’t hurt much either. Regardless, Davis was the lackluster solution in centerfield that I have feared since the team declared that filling the position was a priority....
CSN MidAtlantic Jan 4, 2017

Another Orioles outfield target signs elsewhere: Rajai Davis to Athletics

The Orioles have been interested in a lot of outfielders so far this offseason, but they havent signed any of them yet. Whos left?The question of who will be the Orioles right fielder in the upcoming season is one that has not had an answer since before last season was even over. As the offseason has gone along, the only way its been answered is having possible names scratched off as they sign with other teams. The latest, Rajai Davis, reached an agreement with the Athletics on Tuesday.
Grand Rapids Press Jan 4, 2017
No Tigers reunion for Rajai Davis, but Austin Jackson still on market

No Tigers reunion for Rajai Davis, but Austin Jackson still on market

Jackson, who turns 30 next month, played for the Tigers from 2010-2014. DETROIT -- An unlikely reunion between Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers won't be happening. Davis, who played left and center field for the Tigers in 2014 and 2015, is signing a one-year, $6 million contract with the Oakland Athletics.  That price tag is likely more than the Tigers would have wanted to pay, given that they balked at exercising a $9 million option for Cameron Maybin before dealing him to the Los Angeles Angels. Davis, 36, has also struggled defensively and isn't a great...
News-Herald Jan 4, 2017
Cleveland Indians: Rajai Davis returning to A's on $6 million, 1-year deal

Cleveland Indians: Rajai Davis returning to A's on $6 million, 1-year deal

OAKLAND >> After a World Series trip with Cleveland, runnin' Rajai Davis is returning to the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics on a $6 million, one-year contract to fill a void in center field.The A's announced on Tuesday night that the outfielder and 2016 AL stolen bases leader had reached agreement on a deal to play again for the A's after spending parts of the 2008-10 seasons with Oakland.
Sacramento Bee Jan 3, 2017

Rajai Davis returning to A's on $6 million, 1-year deal

After a World Series trip with Cleveland, runnin' Rajai Davis is returning to the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics on a $6 million, one-year contract to fill a void …
ESPN Jan 3, 2017

A's spinning wheels in mud with Rajai Davis signing

A's spinning wheels in mud with Rajai Davis signing

Rajai Davis, Oakland A’s agree to one-year deal

The speedy outfielder who provided Indians fans with one of the most electric moments in franchise history won’t return to Cleveland in 2017. Rajai Davis, who drilled a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, agreed to a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. The A’s official Twitter account has acknowledged the agreement. Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the deal is worth a base salary of $6 million. Davis, 36, gave the Indians a high return on investment in his one-year deal for 2016, in which he hit .249 and led the American...

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