The Cleveland Indians did not extend a qualifying offer to Rajai Davis, but can still sign him in free agency this offseason.
The Cleveland Indians had the chance to extend a qualifying offer to Rajai Davis on Monday, but the price was just too high.
The team will have a great chance to re-sign Davis anyway, so it was a smart decision. And after the impact he had on the team all season, it would be wise to do whatever it takes to get Davis back.
But while Davis had a solid season, fans will always remember him for his contributions in Game 7 of the World Series. He only started the game because of Tyler Naquin’s struggles in Game 6, but the move may have been one of the best Terry Francona made all season.
As we all know, Davis hit the unforgettable game-tying home run in the eighth inning, and also drove in a run in the bottom of the tenth to bring the winning run to the plate.
There is a lot of consideration that goes into each spot on the 40-man roster, but bringing Davis back is one decision that shouldn’t be too hard to make. The business aspect of baseball aside, Davis proved he can step up in the most high-leverage situation possible against one of the best pitchers in baseball. What else could a team ask for?
Davis provided fans with one of the greatest moments in franchise history, and having him back next year would be great to allow him to continue to be a key piece of what will hopefully be another championship run.
While we wait to see how free agency plays out, let’s take a look at the news surrounding the Indians and the rest of the MLB in today’s edition of A.M. Wahoo’s.
Cleveland Indians News:
"The Major League Baseball offseason is only a few days old, and teams have through Tuesday of this week to negotiate exclusively with their own free agents before the market opens."
"The Cleveland Indians may feature some new names next season, but there is a core in place that should be able to compete for years to come."
"The BBWAA has announced the finalists for their Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Cy Young Awards and a member of the Cleveland Indians are in each category."
"The Indians suffered a heartbreaking defeat in Game 7 of the World Series, but their stellar 2016 campaign may signal just the beginning for this group."
"It’s MLB awards season! Following the World Series, the BBWA releases the finalists for each of its major awards."
"For the second consecutive year, the Chicago Cubs find themselves in a familiar position."