The Oakland A’s announced last night that they have signed Rajai Davis to a one-year, $6 million deal.
Davis, who led the AL in stolen bases last year, his lone year in Cleveland, was previously with the A’s between 2008-10. He’s 36 and, stolen bases and that big homer off of Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of the World Series notwithstanding, had a poor offensive season. His line was .249/.306/.388, which worked out to an OPS+ of 78.
He’s probably better served in a part time role and given his poor on-base percentage he doesn’t seem like a good leadoff hitter, even with the stolen bases. A strange move for Oakland, really. You have to wonder if they’re hoping he starts quickly and can be flipped for something.
KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.
The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.
A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”
Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.