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Rajai Davis 2013 Outlook


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#1 GrandDaddy

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:45 AM

Good SB sleeper this season?

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:06 AM

Keep looking at him in the FA for all my leagues that have drafted. I just can't see where he gets playing time unless Rasmus really sucks (which is possible) or the Blue Jays have a rash of injuries.

Suppose that fits the term sleeper, but would rather have him starting before I gamble on him.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:20 AM

I think he will still have value in deeper mixed leagues.

Bautista, Rasmus and Melky are all going to need days off. One or more of them are going to get injured. Late-inning pinch-run situations. He'll get time at DH once Lind continues to suck.

120 GP, 325-350 AB and 30 SB seem reasonable. Minimal counting stats otherwise.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:28 PM

I think he will still have value in deeper mixed leagues.

Bautista, Rasmus and Melky are all going to need days off. One or more of them are going to get injured. Late-inning pinch-run situations. He'll get time at DH once Lind continues to suck.

120 GP, 325-350 AB and 30 SB seem reasonable. Minimal counting stats otherwise.


i could not agree with an assessment more than this one.

Davis shouldn't be rostered in smaller leagues to start off, but he's well worth a look in deep leagues for his SB potential alone. it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility that he swipes 30 bags again, even in limited playing time. in daily leagues, you could do much worse as your OF4/5 on days he's playing.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

Davis' problem this year is that, outside of hit left handed pitching, everything he does Bonifacio does better. That's going to cost him a lot of playing time unless a couple of guys go down. And I think the team is committed to giving Lind another shot against LHPs this year, even though they shouldn't.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:37 PM

I like Davis for this year. Have to think the Jays will get tired of Rasmus if he continues his .220 ways again, and they showed a lack of patience also with Lind last year when they farmed him out.

Davis's playing time going into each of the last 3 seasons was always in question, yet he swiped 129 bags over those three years.

Don't know if Bonnifacio is so much better than Davis. Bonifacio has a career average of a 329 OBP/423 SLG to a 317 OBP/377SLG line for Davis. Also Davis has swiped far more bags relative to playing time than Bonnifacio in his career. Besides Bonnifacio is likely to see time at second when M. Izturis is exposed as an everyday player. Reyes playing on carpet is not going to be good for his hammy, so Bonnifacio could be in at ss too.

The way my mocks have been panning out, I have been winding up with Rajai at 142 overall in a 10-team AL-only. I like him at that #.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:24 AM

I have always like him through the years starting in Oakland. My drafts always seem to be lacking in speed guys so he would be a nice addition with enough at bats to make it worthwhile.

Another part that concerns me is the Blue Jays offense. They have enough power that maybe a player won't be allowed that many SB attempts to run them out of an innings

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:35 AM

Any time you need speed, he's a decent option or worth taking a flier on. In my deeper league, he was picked up and dropped and passed around a lot last year. I had him on my roster for awhile here or there when he was starting 4-5 times per week, and streaking a bit.

The key with a guy like him is to know when to pounce if he's sitting as a FA. He always is good for at least one stretch of good production it seems like, even if it comes in a role off of the bench or while spelling someone for injury, etc...

But he can give you a lot of speed during that stretch, or stretches. He's an end-game pick for my deep leagues and a guy I will monitor on the wire all year. He's not one to really compare to Boni... outfielder vs. infielder really. Izturis should be exposed playing daily, and Bonifacio will play 2B the majority of the time. I am prepared for Rasmus to stink again too. And if that happens, I could see Rajai stealing starts and finding himself in the position to run.
He did it last year... why not this year? Plus, with the Jays trying to win and being all-in, I don't know how much patience they'll have with Lind and/or Rasmus this season. Rajai should get a chance... the key is to own him when it happens and hope he can "run" with it...
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:04 PM

How much playing time is he going to get now? If its not regular, I'm not interested. If its every day I'm interested.
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:08 PM

How much playing time is he going to get now? If its not regular, I'm not interested. If its every day I'm interested.


He'll sit a ton vs. righties, but when he's in the line up he's a lock for at least 1-2 sb's, just insane speed. If Bonifacio and Rasmus continue to struggle I can see him starting a lot more. I always wondered why the Jays dont start him more. 12+ team leagues I think he's worth owning.
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:52 PM

Should be in the lineup till Bautista comes back but other then that it's back to Rasmus, Mekly and Bautista days off.

I'm sick of seeing Gibbons pull Rasmus and put in Emilio.

Rajai Davis is a perfect late round pick when starting but as of right now I'm staying away and thats coming from a homer.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:52 AM

Bautista is back, and he's batting leadoff still 2 games in a row now.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:15 PM

Bautista is back, and he's batting leadoff still 2 games in a row now.


Just added him, need some speed on that squad anyway and it's a daily league so can slide him into the lineup when he does play. Dude's about as close to it gets to insta-SBs, why not.
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:19 PM

If Bautista can play 3B 1-2x a week, that would also eliminate any PT issues, and pave the way for daily AB's for Davis. So getting Joey Bats' back healthy enough would be a huge bonus to Davis' PT. And with 550 PA's, the guy is a lock for 50+ SB's. It's all about whether he can play everyday (or as others mentioned, use him in daily transaction leagues that aren't CBS, where you can move him in/out of the lineup very easily).

With Reyes out, the Jays' search for a "classic" leadoff guy is going to give Davis the opportunity. While he's a 2-3 trick pony, it's a damn good trick he pulls, so clearly WW-worthy for those who need SB's.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:10 AM

3 runs scored and a SB yesterday.. Why is he not getting playing time?? if he plays everyday, he can steal 50 bags... easy
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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:20 AM

3 runs scored and a SB yesterday.. Why is he not getting playing time?? if he plays everyday, he can steal 50 bags... easy

seems like they always score more runs when he's in the lineup

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:20 AM

Because when he's gotten that pt in the past, he sucks.

I'm riding the wave while I can though.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:47 AM

Because he's a crappy hitter. Yeah he can steal 50+ bases but that doesn't override the fact that he's a sub .700 OPS hitter.

He finds his way into enough PT to matter every year though and when he plays there might not be a better stolen base per plate appearance guy in the league. When he gets on base he doesn't hesitate to steal 2nd and 3rd within 3 pitches.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 11:51 AM

Coming off the DL. Any Blue Jays fans have any insight on whether he has a path to playing time? Asking because I desperately need steals, of course.
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Posted 04 June 2013 - 12:01 PM

My guess is Gose will be sent down. So he'll get at least Gose's at bats. He sucks against Righties, and hits Lefties well, so he might get starts then. Is Melky taking up his roster spot?