Report: Indians can’t afford Rajai Davis after spending on Encarnacion

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If Indians want Rajai Davis back, it’s going to cost them. A report from Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer revealed that the club has interest in bringing their center fielder back on board in 2017, but are short on cash after inking Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal this winter.

The 36-year-old outfielder batted .249/.306/.388 with 12 home runs for the Indians in 2016, leading the league with 43 steals and coming just three bases shy of his career-best stolen base mark. His speed and defense should make it easy for him to find a spot on a major league roster, Pluto writes, noting that he thinks the veteran has often been undervalued due to his age and lack of power.

Davis hasn’t attracted a lot of attention so far this offseason, but that doesn’t mean the Indians should sleep on him. Pluto reports that the team has a serviceable center fielder in Abraham Almonte, who is expected to platoon with Tyler Naquin in 2017 if the club can’t find the money to attract Davis. After serving an 80-day suspension for PED use, Almonte slashed .264/.294/.401 with a home run and eight stolen bases in his second season with the Indians.