Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – The Detroit Tigers have added an outstanding base stealer to their fold, agreeing with speedy Rajai Davis on a two-year deal.
The Tigers have a policy of not confirming a contract while a physical is pending.
The 33-year-old Davis will platoon with Andy Dirks at left field and will be one of the base-stealing options in late innings in games he doesn’t start.
Despite playing just 108 games and 360 plate appearances last season, Davis stole 45 bases in 51 attempts in 2013, and he has racked up at least 40 steals in four of the last five seasons.
The Tigers also have a weapon against lefties as Davis has a .294 career average and .354 on-base percentage against them. Last season, he recorded .319 and .383 last season in a part-time role with the Blue Jays.
Earlier, general manager Dave Dombrowski strongly hinted at a platoon situation in left field.
“There are some clubs doing pretty darn well with some platoons at different spots, too,” Dombrowski said. “So they do work at times. Just because it’s not per se an All-Star somewhere doesn’t mean that you can’t get the production that you’re looking to have out of certain spots. Sometimes they’re more productive for you.”