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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: RAJAI DAVIS REMAINS RELEVANT AFTER SIGNING WITH OAKLAND

The very underrated career of speedy outfielder Rajay Davis grabbed hold of another life on Wednesday after the 36-year-old veteran inked a one-year deal with the Oakland A's where he is expected to man a starting spot for the team to begin 2017.  The signing becomes more of the same for Davis in terms of him finding playing time when it looked like initially he would be a bench guy at best.  Throughout his career stops with teams such as Pirates, Giants, Blue Jays, Indians. Tigers, and earlier stint with the A's, Davis has carved out 400 or so at-bats where he was then able to unleash his extreme speed and stolen base ability.  With a massive 365 career steals to his name, Davis at times has been a huge weapon there in terms of fantasy baseball.  Despite his advancing age, Davis actually led the American League in steals a year ago with 43 and even reached a career-high in home runs with the Indians while batting .249.  Just a career .267 hitter, Davis is not known for much more than the stolen bases and that remains true for 2016.  The 12 home runs last season were nice but counting on Davis to repeat such a number is asking a ton at this late stage of his career.  He will be given a bunch of playing time with the rebuilding A's though so 70 runs and another 30-plus steals seems a lock.  That makes Davis worth a bench spot in mixed leagues and a starting outfield spot in those setups that use five there.  The guy just keep on going.


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