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Mets: Six surprise players who could win a roster spot in Spring Training

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: The Grapefruit League logo on the third base line before a spring training game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets at First Data Field on March 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: The Grapefruit League logo on the third base line before a spring training game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets at First Data Field on March 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Rajai Davis

One thing that the Mets seriously lacked last season, and one that if you ask me they still have yet to address, was the speed element.

Last season, shortstop Amed Rosario led the team with 24 stolen bases, which on the surface isn’t bad by any stretch, but the second highest amount was only 9, which Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo both amassed.

As a team, the Mets were ranked 12th out of 15 teams in the National League in terms of steals last season, so needless to say, there is room for improvement in this area.

Rajai Davis is a speedy veteran outfielder who may be able to fill that role.

Davis will be joining the Mets on a minor league deal as a non-roster Spring Training invitee, as the 38-year-old speedster looks to play his 14th season in the major leagues.

Davis is another journeyman player who will be joining the Mets this spring, having played for 7 total teams over this 13-year career.

Back in 2016. Davis swiped an impressive 43 steals at age 35 as a member of the Indians, helping lead them to a World Series appearance. After spending time with the Athletics and Red Sox in 2017, Davis returned to Cleveland last season as an extra outfielder. Despite his age and only playing in a limited role, Davis managed 21 steals in only 196 plate appearances.

While Davis certainly would not be receiving the majority of the playing time should he make the major league roster, he would round out the Mets bench quite nicely and provide a solid option to either pinch hit or run late in a close game.

Davis would give a young Mets outfield a veteran presence, provide versatility and depth as he is capable of playing all three outfield positions, and to top it all off, on a minor league contract, he’d be a very cheap option for the Mets if he performs well in Spring Training.

Additionally, for any superstitious readers, Davis has played for a contending team each of the past 3 seasons, so if we’re lucky, he might bring a little of that magic with him to Queens.

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