It was assumed that the Baltimore Orioles were very interested in signing left fielder Rajai Davis at some point during the 2013 Winter Meetings. Orioles general manager Dan Duquette even stated that he believed the veteran would ink a deal with a team in the next couple of days.
“Duquette said he anticipates that Rajai Davis will sign in the next day or 2. Wouldn’t bite when asked about #orioles interest,” MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko tweeted.
It appeared the general consensus among the loyal fan base was excitement when the news broke that Davis could be headed to Baltimore. The fact that the 33-year-old is a major threat on the base paths is a huge plus and the main reason why Orioles fans want the team to sign him. Unfortunately, it appears Baltimore is now second fiddle in the Davis sweepstakes as the Minnesota Twins have taken the lead in negotiations.
“Told #Orioles aren’t in on Rajai Davis,” Kubatko tweeted late Monday night.
The fact that the Twins are willing to sign Davis to multiple years appears to be the main reason he could very well sign with Minnesota as early as Tuesday.
Davis doesn’t bring a lot of power to the plate. However, what he does do is get on base and steal like nobody’s business. In fact, he has stolen an average of 43.2 bases per season over the past five years.
In 2013, he batted .260 with six home runs, 24 RBI, 16 doubles, two triples and an incredible 45 stolen bases.