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Mets offseason grades for each of the free agent signings so far

By Jordan Leopold
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Rajai Davis, OF

The 38-year-old Rajai Davis has bounced around the league quite a bit; the Mets will be his 8th team in what will be his 14th major league season. He is third among active players for career stolen bases with 415 (hello Jose Reyes who is number one on the list). The power has never really been there for Davis; that was never his game. He slugged a career-high 12 homers in 2016 with Cleveland.

This signing helps the Mets defensively as they finally sign an outfielder capable of playing a steady center field. In 2018, Davis committed 0 errors over 115 defensive chances over a span of 75 games in the outfield for the Tribe.

His speed is also a unique trait that this team has been sorely lacking for a long time. However, his offense is a major cause for concern. In 2018, he put up a .559 OPS with an OWAR of -0.6. It’s challenging for his speed and aggression on the base to help the Mets when he rarely walks and whose OBP is usually below .300.

Now that Jay Bruce is a Seattle Mariner, figure the opening day lineup to feature Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, and Juan Lagares (assuming there are no trades).  With Yoenis Céspedes on the shelf for most of the season, the Mets only have 3 healthy outfielders on their 40-Man Roster. You can’t discount the fact that all three of their starting outfielders are recovering from recent injuries.

Signing Davis could provide a spark in the Mets lineup and he could potentially serve as a platoon partner in center for Juan Lagares. That being said, I don’t think this signing is enough. AJ Pollack and Adam Jones are still free agents (not to mention that guy over in D.C.) and signing one of them would deepen the lineup.

While his skill set is unique to the organization, one must be concerned with his lack of offensive production.

Grade: C-