Cleveland Indians: 3 free agents that could make a difference in the lineup

Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Rajai Davis, Cleveland Indians
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Rajai Davis – 39 years old – Outfield

Still a free agent, Rajai Davis could make a return to Cleveland, again. In what would be his third stint with the Indians, Davis is still searching for his first World Series title after nearly capturing one in Cleveland in 2016.

Fans will also remember Davis as the player that kept hopes alive in game seven and reignited the team late in the game in 2016. That veteran leadership is what this investment would be if the Indians brought him back.

At 39 years old, he’s lost a step, but would still provide a threat on the bases and a strong fielding option with some pop at the plate. Greg Allen has had the expectation of providing this role for a few seasons, but has yet to harness the opportunity. Allen’s average is sub-.150 and he has just one stolen base.

Two years ago in Cleveland, Davis appeared in 101 games and still managed to steal 21 bases at the age of 37. Having that type of speed and leadership on the bench could be a huge advantage in the playoffs for the Indians.

Davis’ age could also be a positive for the Indians. Cleveland’s “outfield regulars,” being guys who play solely in the outfield and aren’t utility guys, have an average age of 26 with Tyler Naquin being the oldest of the bunch at 29.

If anything, Davis would provide an older voice in the clubhouse with chemistry already established with the team. Majority of the players on the team have crossed paths with him at some point and would welcome him with open arms into the dugout.