OF Rajai Davis and Tigers agree to 2-year deal

Outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers agreed to terms on

a two-year contract worth $10 million.

The Tigers announced the deal Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Davis spent the last three seasons with Toronto

and hit .260 this year with six homers, 24 RBIs and 45 steals in

331 at-bats. He made $2.5 million this season. He will earn $5

million in each of the two years of this contract.

”Rajai’s style of play adds another dimension to the makeup of

our ballclub,” Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said in a

statement. ”His speed, defense and bat provide us with more depth

and versatility.”

He gives the Tigers a speedy presence that the team has been

lacking. The Tigers stole just 35 bases last season, fewest in the

major leagues.

An eight-year major league veteran, Davis has 268 career stolen

bases. He also has played for Pittsburgh (2006-07), San Francisco

(2007-08) and Oakland (2008-10).

The right-handed swinging Davis would join an outfield with

Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter. He could platoon with lefty Andy

Dirks.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated

right-hander Luis Marte for assignment.