Indians “talking” to outfielder Rajai Davis

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Michael Brantley‘s uncertain health status increases the Indians’ need for outfield depth and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they “are talking about a one-year deal” with free agent Rajai Davis.

Davis has been a semi-regular for most of the past decade, receiving at least 300 plate appearances every year since 2009 but getting more than 500 plate appearances just once during that time.

He hit .258 with eight homers and a .746 OPS in 112 games for the Tigers in 2015, adding more power than usual to help make up for a decline in speed at age 34.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.