Jun 30, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis (20) celebrates after he hits a walk off grand slam in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. Detroit won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rajai Davis was a guy that was likely up on the block prior to the trading deadline. Because he had an expiring contract, he was likely available along with David Price, Joakim Soria, Yoenis Cespedes, Alfredo Simon and Alex Avila.
Davis did not get picked up in July and the Tigers also decided not to send him through waivers in August in order to set up a possible trade as many expected.
Still, Davis is likely gone after this year. His playing time has been heavily cut (134 games a year ago, 98 games headed into Sunday this year) with the presence of Anthony Gose and Cespedes earlier this season. The Tigers are likely still one of the top suitors for Cespedes’ services in the free agency market, and even if they don’t land him they may want to go with Tyler Collins or Steven Moya at that position in 2016.
Davis has been far from a bust during his two-year career with the Detroit Tigers. He’s been a pretty good player in the field, on the bases and, somewhat surprisingly, at the plate. He’s not an All-Star by any means, but he was solid when he played.
Though it seems so-so long ago, when the two worst teams in the American League this year were the best teams in the AL just 14 months ago, we will always have this lasting memory of Davis:
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