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Cleveland Indians rumors: Indians targeting Rajai Davis with one-year deal

Not the end-all solution, but a nice supplement.

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The Cleveland are reportedly looking at journeyman outfielder Rajai Davis as an option to shore up their outfield, according to Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes. The deal from the Indians, per Hoynes, would only be for one year plus an option.

Davis is a 35-year-old journeyman outfielder who has played on the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, and Detroit Tigers in his 10-year Major League career. Last year, with the Tigers, he slashed .258/.306/.440 with eight home runs in 112 games. He can play a mix of any outfield position, and was credited with six defensive runs saved last season as Detroit’s center fielder.

Davis also has a sizable platoon split (.349 wOBA career vs. LHP, .289 wOBA career vs. RHP), so he could make a good platoon partner with Lonnie Chisenhall, who struggles mightily against lefties. Alternatively, he could be another stopgap for the Indians in left field until Michael Brantley returns from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder that will sideline him until at least May.

If the Indians do sign Davis, he will be competing with other recent acquisitions Joey Butler, Collin Cowgill, and to a lesser extent, Shane Robinson for the starting outfield role.