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.