Tigers sign Rajai Davis for more depth and versatility

Tigers sign Rajai Davis for more depth and versatility

Published Dec. 11, 2013 6:20 p.m. ET

DETROIT (AP) -- Outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million.

The Tigers announced the deal Wednesday.

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.

"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).

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.