Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Rajai Davis' future
By Joe Kaiser
Rajai Davis has proven himself as a valuable backup outfielder, spot starter and pinch runner over the past five seasons, and his presence on Toronto's roster has been particularly important in what's been an injury-plagued season for the Blue Jays. There's reason to believe this will be his last season north of the border, however.
Gregor Chisholm, the Blue Jays beat writer for MLB.com, addressed Davis' situation while answering some fan mail on Monday.
"The Blue Jays would love to have Davis back in the fold, but ultimately that decision will have to be made by the veteran outfielder," he wrote. "The pending free agent has carved out a nice role in Toronto over the past three seasons as a starter against left-handed pitching while also making an impact as a reserve outfielder and a late-game pinch-runner.
"But Davis understandably would like to find a situation that could lead to more playing time. A starting job with the Blue Jays isn't possible with Melky Cabrera, Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista signed through at least 2014, while prospects Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose are also pushing for more opportunities."
Davis earned $2.5 million this season, and if a team out there is willing to consider him as a starter, he could be in line for a healthy raise on the open market. The question is whether a team like that exists. Seattle and Colorado (if it deals Dexter Fowler) are two smaller market teams that might be willing to take that gamble, filling a premium defensive position with an affordable option like Davis to allocate more money to greater needs.