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Rajai Davis signs with the A’s on a one-year deal

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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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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