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Birth Date10-19-1980
Height5' 10"
Weight195 lbs
Age39 years, 0 months, 30 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2006 PIT 25 20 17 2 1 0 0 2 3 0 1 3 .143 .250 .214 79 -0.4 -1.2 0.0 -0.1
2007 PIT 26 24 57 13 2 1 0 7 3 0 5 2 .271 .357 .354 91 -0.5 0.1 0.7 0.2
2007 SFN 26 51 162 40 9 1 1 14 25 4 17 4 .282 .363 .380 88 -1.8 3.7 3.0 1.0
2008 OAK 27 101 207 51 5 4 3 7 34 1 25 6 .260 .288 .372 66 -8.2 2.8 4.1 0.5
2008 SFN 27 12 19 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 4 0 .056 .105 .056 61 -0.9 0.3 -0.9 -0.1
2009 OAK 28 125 432 119 27 5 3 29 70 7 41 12 .305 .360 .423 99 0.7 7.3 2.9 2.4
2010 OAK 29 143 561 149 28 3 5 26 78 4 50 11 .284 .320 .377 89 -6.2 4.7 -6.1 0.7
2011 TOR 30 95 338 76 21 6 1 15 63 1 34 11 .238 .273 .350 69 -11.6 5.0 -6.8 -0.4
2012 TOR 31 142 487 115 24 3 8 29 102 6 46 13 .257 .309 .378 85 -8.3 0.1 2.9 0.5
2013 TOR 32 108 360 86 16 2 6 21 67 5 45 6 .260 .312 .375 92 -2.8 6.7 3.6 1.6
2014 DET 33 134 494 130 27 2 8 22 75 5 36 11 .282 .320 .401 93 -3.3 4.8 -0.4 1.4
2015 DET 34 112 370 88 16 11 8 22 76 3 18 8 .258 .306 .440 94 -1.4 0.9 -3.3 0.5
2016 CLE 35 134 495 113 23 2 12 33 106 5 43 6 .249 .306 .388 88 -5.8 3.7 4.9 1.7
2017 BOS 36 17 38 9 2 0 0 1 13 1 3 1 .250 .289 .306 69 -1.3 0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2017 OAK 36 100 328 70 17 2 5 26 70 0 26 6 .233 .294 .353 71 -11.0 2.4 -5.5 -0.4
2018 CLE 37 101 216 44 6 1 1 11 48 4 21 7 .224 .278 .281 69 -7.2 0.1 -1.4 -0.3
2019 NYN 38 29 26 5 2 0 1 1 5 0 0 1 .200 .231 .400 83 -0.5 -1.2 -0.2 -0.1
Career144846071111226436226784446415108.262.311.37985-70.440.4-3.79.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2001 WPT A- NYP 6 14 .000 .000 .000 .125 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HIC A SAL 6 22 .000 .000 .000 .462 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 WPT A- NYP 1 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 HIC A SAL 125 549 .000 .000 .000 .337 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LYN A+ CRL 127 574 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ALT AA EAS 123 561 .263 .327 .408 .320 99 -0.4 13.1 0.9 99 0 6.6 9.7 0.8 3.2
2006 PIT MLB NL 20 17 .256 .314 .405 .182 94 -1.5 0.5 0 79 12 0.0 -1.2 -0.4 -0.1
2006 IND AAA INT 100 417 .258 .325 .394 .328 98 -1.6 11.9 0.4 104 0 4.4 7.4 2.1 2.6
2007 PIT MLB NL 24 57 .274 .338 .436 .283 99 -0.3 1.7 0.1 91 11 0.7 0.1 -0.5 0.2
2007 SFN MLB NL 51 162 .268 .332 .417 .336 98 1.6 4.8 0.3 88 11 3.0 3.7 -1.8 1.0
2007 IND AAA INT 53 239 .271 .340 .410 .342 92 10 6.8 -0.5 130 0 11.2 0.5 7.7 2.5
2008 OAK MLB AL 101 207 .266 .333 .419 .300 98 -5.8 6.0 0.4 66 13 4.1 2.8 -8.2 0.5
2008 SFN MLB NL 12 19 .263 .331 .399 .083 94 -4.4 0.5 0 61 14 -0.9 0.3 -0.9 -0.1
2009 OAK MLB AL 125 432 .260 .329 .415 .361 100 3.6 12.4 0.9 99 10 2.9 7.3 0.7 2.4
2010 OAK MLB AL 143 561 .259 .324 .406 .322 100 -5.2 15.5 -0.9 89 7 -6.1 4.7 -6.2 0.7
2011 TOR MLB AL 95 338 .262 .323 .412 .292 108 -12.7 9.1 0.3 69 10 -6.8 5.0 -11.6 -0.4
2011 DUN A+ FSL 2 5 .207 .275 .317 .333 109 0.9 0.1 -0.1 166 0 0.1 -0.5 0.3 0.0
2011 NHP AA EAS 4 14 .298 .356 .465 .375 85 2.3 0.4 0 98 0 0.0 -1.2 0.0 -0.1
2012 TOR MLB AL 142 487 .252 .314 .403 .314 106 -9.4 13.3 -3.4 85 7 2.9 0.1 -8.3 0.5
2013 TOR MLB AL 108 360 .253 .313 .398 .308 101 -2.6 9.5 -2.3 92 8 3.6 6.7 -2.8 1.6
2013 DUN A+ FSL 3 10 .233 .298 .309 .333 102 -0.3 0.3 -0.1 97 0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.0
2014 DET MLB AL 134 494 .257 .318 .394 .320 105 2.4 12.7 -1.5 93 10 -0.4 4.8 -3.3 1.4
2015 DET MLB AL 112 370 .254 .315 .402 .308 107 0.5 10.0 -1.1 94 8 -3.3 0.9 -1.4 0.5
2016 CLE MLB AL 134 495 .261 .323 .427 .299 111 -10.1 14.0 -0.5 88 8 4.9 3.7 -5.8 1.7
2017 BOS MLB AL 17 38 .254 .322 .428 .391 105 -2.1 1.1 -0.2 69 8 -1.1 0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2017 OAK MLB AL 100 328 .251 .319 .422 .288 104 -13.4 9.6 0.4 71 8 -5.5 2.4 -11.0 -0.4
2018 CLE MLB AL 101 216 .251 .325 .411 .291 105 -10.3 6.1 -0.3 69 10 -1.4 0.1 -7.2 -0.3
2018 AKR AA EAS 2 6 .258 .333 .434 .000 79 -1.8 0.2 0 58 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2019 NYN MLB NL 29 26 .253 .320 .434 .211 95 -0.2 0.8 -0.1 83 14 -0.2 -1.2 -0.5 -0.1
2019 SYR AAA INT 84 337 .263 .336 .444 .349 97 -2 11.6 -1.1 91 0 2.9 3.6 -3.7 1.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2001 WPT A- NYP 14 12 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 0 1 .083 .214 .083 .000 0 0
2002 HIC A SAL 22 14 4 6 0 0 0 6 3 6 2 2 2 .429 .591 .429 .000 1 1
2002 WPT A- NYP 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2003 HIC A SAL 549 478 84 146 21 7 6 199 54 55 65 40 13 .305 .378 .416 .111 8 8
2004 LYN A+ CRL 574 509 91 160 27 7 5 216 38 59 60 57 15 .314 .385 .424 .110 4 4
2005 ALT AA EAS 561 499 82 140 22 5 4 184 34 43 76 45 9 .281 .348 .369 .088 6 6
2006 PIT MLB NL 17 14 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 2 3 1 3 .143 .250 .214 .071 0 1
2006 IND AAA INT 417 385 53 109 17 1 2 134 21 27 59 45 13 .283 .333 .348 .065 2 2
2007 IND AAA INT 239 211 31 67 12 4 4 99 30 21 25 27 9 .318 .384 .469 .152 2 2
2007 SFN MLB NL 162 142 26 40 9 1 1 54 7 14 25 17 4 .282 .363 .380 .099 0 2
2007 PIT MLB NL 57 48 6 13 2 1 0 17 2 7 3 5 2 .271 .357 .354 .083 1 1
2008 SFN MLB NL 19 18 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 4 0 .056 .105 .056 .000 0 0
2008 OAK MLB AL 207 196 28 51 5 4 3 73 19 7 34 25 6 .260 .288 .372 .112 1 2
2009 OAK MLB AL 432 390 65 119 27 5 3 165 48 29 70 41 12 .305 .360 .423 .118 4 2
2010 OAK MLB AL 561 525 66 149 28 3 5 198 52 26 78 50 11 .284 .320 .377 .093 5 1
2011 TOR MLB AL 338 320 44 76 21 6 1 112 29 15 63 34 11 .238 .273 .350 .113 1 1
2011 DUN A+ FSL 5 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 1.000 .600 0 0
2011 NHP AA EAS 14 10 1 3 1 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 2 .300 .500 .400 .100 0 0
2012 TOR MLB AL 487 447 64 115 24 3 8 169 43 29 102 46 13 .257 .309 .378 .121 4 1
2013 TOR MLB AL 360 331 49 86 16 2 6 124 24 21 67 45 6 .260 .312 .375 .115 2 1
2013 DUN A+ FSL 10 10 2 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .500 .200 0 0
2014 DET MLB AL 494 461 64 130 27 2 8 185 51 22 75 36 11 .282 .320 .401 .119 3
2015 DET MLB AL 370 341 55 88 16 11 8 150 30 22 76 18 8 .258 .306 .440 .182 3 1
2016 CLE MLB AL 495 454 74 113 23 2 12 176 48 33 106 43 6 .249 .306 .388 .139 2 1
2017 BOS MLB AL 38 36 7 9 2 0 0 11 2 1 13 3 1 .250 .289 .306 .056 0 0
2017 OAK MLB AL 328 300 49 70 17 2 5 106 18 26 70 26 6 .233 .294 .353 .120 1 1
2018 CLE MLB AL 216 196 33 44 6 1 1 55 6 11 48 21 7 .224 .278 .281 .056 1 4
2018 AKR AA EAS 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2019 SYR AAA INT 337 310 47 89 8 3 8 127 28 17 72 20 6 .287 .334 .410 .123 2 2
2019 NYN MLB NL 26 25 4 5 2 0 1 10 8 1 5 0 1 .200 .231 .400 .200 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 819 0.5470 0.5055 0.8213 0.6429 0.3396 0.8993 0.6429 0.1787 0.0039
2009 1552 0.5006 0.4955 0.7893 0.6499 0.3406 0.8653 0.6439 0.2107 0.0005
2010 1884 0.5096 0.4889 0.8263 0.6344 0.3377 0.8949 0.6923 0.1737 -0.0032
2011 1172 0.5154 0.5017 0.7483 0.6341 0.3609 0.8747 0.5122 0.2517 -0.0045
2012 1744 0.5120 0.4874 0.7576 0.6316 0.3361 0.8475 0.5804 0.2424 -0.0010
2013 1298 0.5154 0.5077 0.7921 0.6457 0.3609 0.8750 0.6344 0.2079 -0.0014
2014 1738 0.4942 0.4960 0.8132 0.6577 0.3379 0.9097 0.6296 0.1868 -0.0046
2015 1381 0.5105 0.4859 0.7943 0.6383 0.3269 0.8933 0.5928 0.2057 -0.0037
2016 1822 0.4956 0.5099 0.7589 0.7054 0.3177 0.8681 0.5205 0.2411 0.0000
2017 1333 0.4726 0.5004 0.7511 0.6810 0.3385 0.8345 0.6008 0.2489 0.0000
2018 776 0.4936 0.5168 0.7656 0.7311 0.3079 0.8821 0.4959 0.2344 0.0000
2019 96 0.4583 0.5833 0.7500 0.7500 0.4423 0.8182 0.6522 0.2500 0.0000
Career156150.50430.49870.78390.65770.33750.87580.60040.2161-0.0015

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-28 - DTD - - Right Sprain Pubic Symphysis -
2014-08-18 2014-08-19 DTD 1 0 Left Thumb Contusion -
2014-05-29 2014-05-30 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Contusion -
2014-03-17 2014-03-25 Camp 8 0 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-05-11 2013-06-04 15-DL 24 20 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-06-10 2012-06-10 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Blister Index Finger - -
2012-06-07 2012-06-08 DTD 1 1 - Fingers Sprain - -
2012-05-02 2012-05-05 DTD 3 3 Left Hip Strain Hip Flexor - -
2012-04-30 2012-05-01 DTD 1 1 Right Hand Contusion HBP - -
2011-08-15 2011-09-29 60-DL 45 42 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring Tendon - -
2011-04-11 2011-04-29 15-DL 18 16 Right Ankle Sprain -
2011-04-02 2011-04-05 DTD 3 2 Right Ankle Sprain -
2010-07-22 2010-07-27 DTD 5 3 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-03-17 2010-03-24 Camp 7 0 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2009-08-24 2009-08-25 DTD 1 1 Right Thumb Fracture Tip of Thumb By HBP -
2006-07-14 2006-07-24 Minors 10 0 Right Wrist Soreness - -
2005-08-24 2005-09-11 Minors 18 12 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 NYN $
2018 CLE $1,750,000
2017 OAK $6,000,000
2016 CLE $5,250,000
2015 DET $5,000,000
2014 DET $5,000,000
2013 TOR $2,500,000
2012 TOR $2,750,000
2011 TOR $2,500,000
2010 OAK $1,350,000
2009 OAK $410,000
2006 PIT $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$32,837,000
11 yrTotal$32,837,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 167 dLegacy Agency1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 12/17/18 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by NY Mets 5/22/19. DFA by NY Mets 5/26/19. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/28/19. Contract selected by NY Mets 8/20/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/17/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.75M in majors. May earn additional $3.25M in performance bonuses. May opt out of contract 3/22/18 if not on Major League roster. Contract selected by Cleveland 3/29/18.
  • 1 year/$6M (2017). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 1/3/17. Acquired by Boston in trade from Oakland 8/23/17.
  • 1 year/$5.25M (2016). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/16/15. May earn an additional $1.225M in performance bonuses: $0.175M each for 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550 plate appearances.
  • 2 years/$10M (2014-15). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 12/13. 14:$5M, 15:$5M.
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2013). Signed extension with Toronto 10/31/12.
  • 2 years/$5.75M (2011-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed by Toronto 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). 11:$2.5M, 12:$2.75M, 13:$3M club option, $0.5M buyout. Toronto declined 2013 option 10/31/12.
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses based on PAs. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Oakland 11/17/10.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 2/21/09.
  • 1 year/$0.3925M (2008). Claimed by Oakland off waivers 4/23/08 after being DFA by San Francisco 4/19/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Contract purchased 6/4/07. Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Pittsburgh 7/31/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/06. Optioned to Triple-A 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/05 (split contract).
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2001 (38-1,134) (New London HS, Conn.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance the Tribe give Tyler Naquin the full time gig in CF? If not now, then in 2017?
(Paul from DC)
Well, he's on the good side of a platoon, so he's most of the way to a starting gig already. Rajai Davis is a nice righty-hitting caddy for as long as Cleveland has him, but I think they'll give Naquin an everyday shot as soon as Davis is no longer a part of their organization. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given the Almonte suspension and the possibility of 2 months of a starting outfield of Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Collin Cowgill, what odds do you place on the Indians a) signing Ausitn Jackson or b) trading for Jay Bruce or c) sticking with the status quo? Which would you do if you were in their shoes?
(Truganini from CO)
It's all about the price. I would think adding a Jackson as depth is more prudent than adding Bruce, which would come at a steeper cost to put it mildly. (Harry Pavlidis)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Having a hard time buying the Indians OF next year. They have always been higher on Tyler Nanquin than the rest of the world. Where would you place him amount Abraham Almonte, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Collin Cowgill, Joey Butler, and Shane Robinson next season?
(Truganini from CO)
Well, that's not exactly man inspiring group, is it? I'd probably plays him right below Chisenhall, though I should probably start treating Chisenhall with so much adoration. Davis is...well he's Rajaj Davis. The rest of those guys aren't very good. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Since the acquisition of Cespedes how do you see the Tigers' outfield shaping up? Who will start where?
(dvanhait from Holland)
Cespedes and JD Martinez will see most of the time on the corners, and I expect Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose to split time in center field. There's a lot of risk around Martinez, who could still be a bit of a flash in the pan, and both Gose and Davis need platoon partners, meaning there should be plenty of at-bats to go around for all three players. (Mark Anderson)
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy Question: Regardless of cost, who would you rather have for the next 3 years: Danny Duffy, Jake Arrieta, or Rusney Castillo? What kind of player will Castillo be?
(Quiet Time from D.C.)
Castillo is a total wild card. The scouting reports I've read pegged him somewhere between Rajai Davis and Shane Victorino, but then it was said that he bulked up and showed unexpected power during his workouts last month. Even if he "ony" ends up as the next Shane Victorino, I'd take that over either SP. I'd take most solid everyday players over most unproven SP's. (Cory Schwartz)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)I don't understand why some guys are supposedly better bets in rotisserie while others are better in head-to-head leagues. Can you help?
(Henry from Henry's house)
Hi Henry:

In H2H you want counting stats because appearances matter and you don't want down time. In Roto, you can take a specialist like Rajai Davis or a starting pitcher who misses a few games here and there but is great and get a lot more value. So you want a H2H team with talent across the board (or a lot of depth) whereas in Roto the depth doesn't quite matter as much. (Mike Gianella)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Early speculation on some overvalued and undervalued players for next spring?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
As much as I hate to say it, Mike Trout may well be overrated next year. I imagine there'll be some talk of him as number-one overall. In deep leagues, Josh Hamilton probably. Pitchers: Cueto, Miley, Harrison. Underrated, hmm, maybe Rajai Davis, Felix Doubront, Marco Estrada, Alex Cobb, and Mitch Moreland (again) (Derek Carty)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming I stay healthy, how relevant am I in fantasy? Better than Rajai Davis or Cameron Maybin for example?
(Lorenzo Cain from KC)
I like all 3 of you because you play for skippers that let you run but I'm still taking you last in that trio. (Jason Collette)
2011-06-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Dan, In my 6x6 roto league, I was just offered Shin-Soo Choo for Rajai Davis and Alexi Ogando. What do you think? Is Choo going to return to form?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
That's a tough call. Choo admitted this weekend that he's been pressing as a way to make up for his DUI arrest. Clearly he's the best player in the deal when he's on, but you have to wonder whether (and when) he'll put the arrest behind him. (Dan Turkenkopf)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are both Rajai Davis and Andres Torres worth holding onto, with the injuries and all, will the SB and other offensive perks still get there this season?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
Unless you think you can find someone who will outproduce Torres and Davis the rest of the year, why would you? Short term fixes are fine, of course, but giving those two up to find temporary replacements won't work in any league where other owners watch the waiver wire. (Marc Normandin)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Rajai Davis suddenly, like a chia pet, grow HR power in Toronto like the rest of the 2010 Jays - say 20? - or is he going to just repeat 2010 in Oakland.
(Taldan9 from Toronto)
Davis isn't going to hit 20 homers in 2011, and if he does someone needs to call Victor Conte (Jason Parks)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are the A's going to do with their plethora of mediocre OF'ers? Sweeney, Davis, Jackson, Hermida, Buck, Carter, Taylor...Crisp's option is picked up, right?
(Manprin from Sacramento, CA)
Well, Crisp and Sweeney have value. Rajai Davis isn't worth keeping around, and Conor Jackson unfortunately embodies what has plagued the As offense lately in that the numbers are decent but underwhelming. Taylor and Carter should be given serious consideration and should play a lot in the Spring. I'd say goodbye to Davis, Hermida, Buck and Jackson, keep Crisp and Sweeney, and hope that Carter and Taylor can play well enough to merit starting duty. (Eric Seidman)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you improve the A's lineup this offseason?
(Dave from Chicago)
I would probably start by getting most of the A's out of it and replacing them with better players. Honestly though, they aren't going to have a great offense if they are defense oriented, and I don't blame them for playing to the park's strengths. But they do need to upgrade somewhere--give up some defense at an offense heavy position if you have to, but add a big bat.

Random, but Rajai Davis is listed as the starting left and right fielder for the A's at MLB.com. He's got some range. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank these speed options: Rajai Davis, Julio Borbon, Michael Brantley, Brett Gardner. Thanks!
(Pat from NJ)
Fantasy: Borbon, Davis, Brantley, Gardner -- based purely on playing time. Real life 2010 (if I was picking guys for my team): Borbon, Gardner, Davis, Brantley. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina, I look at Oakland's line-up without anyone I'd like on my fantasy team and can't understand how Pecota has them playing 500 ball. What are your thoughts on the A's?
(lennyd from Portland)
Either you don't have a lot of teams in your league, or you're very picky, or maybe you have no use for steals; while I'm not wild about an outfield with Coco Crisp and Rajai Davis in it as everyday players, they will snag bags. For pitching, whether you're in a keeper league or not, just go grab Brett Anderson. Like steals, saves are a commodity you should want, and Andrew Bailey's the real deal. Position-related supply/demand issues might encourage you to snag Kurt Suzuki or Mark Ellis. Basically, it's going to be a better real-world ballclub than a generator of traditional category fantasy stars. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Michael Taylor starting in a corner for the A's in April? Does that mean Ryan Sweeney's the CF and Rajai Davis is back to fourth OF? Or is that all too much to hope for?
(Jason Wojciechowski from South Texas)
Hey Jason! If nothing else I'd expect the A's to game Taylor's service time by starting him in the minors, but I don't see why you couldn't play all three if they're your best outfielders. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it time to non-tender Jack Cust and move on to Chris Carter? Is Ryan Sweeney really the solution in right? Can Daric Barton ever hit in months that don't start with "S"? It was nice to see the team play well down the stretch, but there are still a ton of question marks.
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Cust has been a fine placeholder at DH, but he needs to be seen as such. If he's game for a one-year deal, the A's can afford to buy the time and see if Barton fends off Carter initially. While slotting Cust in an outfield corner if both Carter and Barton earn their keep wouldn't be lovely, nobody's going places with an outfield trio of Sweeney/Rajai Davis/Scott Hairston. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's wrong with Rajai in CF? I think most teams would take him. Plus, why don't you think Sweeney will continue to improve?
(Adam from Rochester)
I like Rajai Davis. I also know Rajai Davis is 29, and that the chances he'll be the starting center fielder on the next A's contender are only slightly better than Billy North's. Especially if that club's employing a right fielder with an ISO that barely tops .100, and happens to have "Sweeney" on the back of his jersey. I know, Sweeney dialed that up to .160 or so in the last two months. Let's see it over a full year before anybody risks throwing out his or her back doing somersaults. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would your comments to Morgan also apply to someone like Rajai Davis for next year?
(Taylor from Smithson, OH)
Definitely. He's got a tougher go of things, being in the AL, but as long as he can keep the walks coming, he'll have value like Morgan. (Marc Normandin)
2008-03-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is it ever a good idea to just pack it in from day 1 and start building for next year? In my (very competitive) NL-only standard 5x5 keeper, I had a terrible, terrible auction. I had a full $30 leftover, my best starting pitcher is probably Shawn Hill, my only hitters of note are D. Lee, Zimmerman, and Franceour, and 4 of my 6 outfield+util spots are guys who probably won't start (Rajai Davis, Nyjer Morgan, Felix Pie, and Elijah Dukes). Oh, and the closest thing I have to a closer is either Bob Howry or Tony Pena. If you were me, would you take up the challenge of trying to compete this year through trades and fa, or just shoot for '09?
(Ameer from Bloomington, IN)
Ameer,

I could never pack it in on the first day or first half in a season. One time I got done in by dial up in a crappy hotel room in Florida for a draft. Honestly part of the fun was digging my way out of the mess the auto pick dealt me. Give it the first half and embrace the challenge. After the first half is over then evaluate and decide if it's time to look to 09'. (Mike Siano)


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