By Ashley Dunkak
DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is hard at work.
Less than a week after signing Joe Nathan as the new closer, Dombrowski and the Tigers have reportedly signed a two-year deal with outfielder Rajai Davis to help shore up left field, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith.
Davis, an eight-year veteran who hit .260 last season, will be part of a platoon in left field. Davis stole 45 bases in 2013. That speed and skill should be a big boost to the base running of the Tigers, who stole just 35 bases as a team last year.
The addition of Davis further steers the Tigers away from the somewhat slow boom-or-bust team that went to the American League Championship Series each of the last three seasons. Detroit jettisoned expensive first baseman and big bat Prince Fielder in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler, making the Tigers quicker and more flexible financially. They traded away starting pitcher Doug Fister for pitching prospect Robbie Ray, reliever Ian Krol and utility man Steve Lombardozzi, and most recently they landed Nathan.