Washington Nationals: 5 Free Agents To Watch In The World Series
Indians OF Rajai Davis
This past offseason, the Indians signed Davis to a one-year deal worth $5.25 million. Due to Michael Brantley not playing much at all in 2016, Davis ended up playing 134 games. He split his time in the outfield between center field and left field.
Heading into next season, the Washington Nationals could use another backup outfielder at those positions. Ben Revere is eligible for arbitration, but is coming off of a down year in DC. Another option, Michael Taylor, had a bad season and was demoted to triple-A Syracuse at one point.
With Davey Lopes on the coaching staff, the Washington Nationals had an extra emphasis on stealing bases. This year, Davis stole 43 bases in 49 attempts, which was the highest in the American League. From 2012-2014, Davis finished no lower than third in the AL in that category.
Even at age 36, Davis is still showing that he has the speed that would fit well in this Nats lineup along with Trea Turner. With that being said, he doesn’t have the best defensive numbers. According to Fangraphs, Davis had -3 runs saved as a left fielder and -5 runs saved at center field this year.
If the Washington Nationals could get Davis on a one-year deal, he would be a good fit as a speed option off the bench or as a backup at any of the outfield positions. As was evident this year, Baker does like to use his bench and Davis would be a good tool for him to use in order to manufacture runs.