Speedy Rajai Davis, E.Y. Jr. proving useful 

August, 15, 2012
Ah, if only I owned Rajai Davis.

In one of my fantasy baseball leagues, we don't sign free agents the way it's done in ESPN leagues, which involves going to a list, finding a name and clicking on it, dumping a player and then enjoying ensuing MVP production from the new guy. Rather, in this one deep league of mine, we post to a message board; it's first-come, first-serve, and by the following Monday, the commish places players on rosters. One ordinary Friday night in May, I saw Toronto Blue Jays speedster Davis was surprisingly available in this league and he was a potential fit for my speed-starved team, so I decided to get him. I posted on the board ... about 45 seconds too late.

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Anthony Gruppuso/US PresswireComing into this season, Rajai Davis had averaged almost 42 steals a year over the past three seasons.
Davis' pair of stolen bases Tuesday night gives him 35 on the season, two off the big league lead held by some unknown Los Angeles Angels rookie. Davis had six stolen bases on the season the night I missed on him by less than a minute. It was the perfect time to add him, and after running wild in the past week, he now has 35, and I still need steals. It's all about the timing, isn't it? Instead, in this 16-team league, I chose Andres Torres. He's no longer on my squad, but I appreciate the handful of times he actually reached base for my team.