As the Baltimore Orioles and the rest of the world celebrate Christmas morning, there’s been a name out there the past couple of days in Birdland: Rajai Davis. Davis spent last year as a member of the Cleveland Indians, and of course was a part of their World Series run. And now apparently there’s interest in the Warehouse in signing him.
And I’m one writer who’s going to suggest that’s a bad idea. First off, let me contradict myself for a moment; he would fill a need for the Orioles in the outfielder. Davis is solid in the outfield, presenting a .980 fielding percentage last year across two different positions. So if he came to town, the Orioles would fill that need.
However at 36, Davis would probably be signing a one-year contract. Trust me folks I’m going to be 36 in a couple of weeks; nobody’s banging the door down for your services at that age! last year Davis hit .249 with only 12 homers in Cleveland (over 134 games). He also only got on base at a .306 clip. That isn’t exactly what the Orioles need right now.
Dan Duquette is on record as saying that he wants to improve the Orioles’ OBP this off season. A guy who only gets on base in some manner 30% of the time isn’t exactly going to cut it. Now with that said, there are also much worse signings out there than Davis. However I just don’t see him as being a viable option for this team.
In general however, I would normally thrown in a disclaimer of you never know what putting him in a ballpark like Camden Yards will do for him. That’s always a valid point, however in this case perhaps not so much so. Davis played last year at Progressive Field in Cleveland, which was modeled after Camden Yards.
You can see his production numbers for yourselves above. Davis has had a solid career without a doubt, and quite frankly he’s always played well against the Orioles. However that shouldn’t be a factor in the Orioles’ decision. This is nt to say that there isn’t a place for a guy like Davis out there somewhere. I suspect that there is, and that he’ll be on someone’s roster in 2017. I just don’t think it should be that of the Orioles.
So if you’ve made it this far, thank you! There are other things to do today besides read a baseball column, or even worry about the 2017 Orioles. There are gifts to be given and opened, and in my case a big vat of tomato sauce to be made in for my parents. So fro my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!