With the actual trade deadline looming on August 31st, teams are scrambling to acquire helpful players down the stretch and in the playoffs. Today, the Boston Red Sox made one of those last minute waiver trades, acquiring speedy OF Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for OF prospect Rafael Rincones
Davis is a really good 4th outfielder for the Sox behind Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr (who is currently hurt). The Sox have Chris Young as their 4th outfielder, but he is supposed to just be a lefty platoon, but his .614 OPS vs lefties this year is way behind Davis\’ .715 OPS vs southpaws. Also, Davis is one of the premier stolen base players in the MLB. He can pinch run late in playoff games and make an impact. He came up clutch for the Cleveland Indians last year in game seven of the World Series with a homer off Aroldis Chapman.
Davis, 36, has a .233 batting average, five homers, 18 RBIs and 26 steals in 328 Plate Appearances. In his 12 year MLB career for the A\’s, Indians, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, Davis has a .264 batting average, 60 homers, 371 RBIs and 391 stolen bases in 4327 Plate Appearances.
With Davis\’ contract expiring when the dust settles on the 2017 year, the A\’s are able to get some money off their hands, plus a prospect in Rincones. Rincones is just 18, so he has many years to go in his career. He has a .267 batting average, two homers, 39 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 380 Plate Appearances over two career Dominican league seasons.