He’s back! Indians sign OF Rajai Davis to minor-league deal


The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent Rajai Davis to a minor league contract, bringing back the speedy outfielder who hit one of the biggest home runs in team history.

The Indians announced the deal with the 37-year-old Davis on Saturday.

Davis led the American League with 43 stolen bases for Cleveland in 2016. In Game 7 of the World Series, he hit a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning off Aroldis Chapman before the Indians lost in the 10th to the Chicago Cubs.

Davis signed with Oakland as a free agent before last year and was traded in midseason to Boston. He hit a combined .235 with stole 29 bases.

In 10 major league seasons, he has batted .264 with 394 career steals.

MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reported that Davis was at Tribe camp Saturday. Edwin Encarnacion was also there.

The Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall told Bastian: “We’re getting the band back together.”

Davis is one of the players who helped the Cleveland Indians get to the World Series.

The Indians did not make a qualifying offer to Davis back in November 2016. The 36-year-old led the American League with 43 steals.  Davis provided an amazing moment in Game 7 of the World Series when he connected on a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

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