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Indians sign Rajai Davis to 1-year, $5.25 million deal

The outfielder is the second veteran to join the Indians today, along with Mike Napoli.

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The Indians are in agreement on a 1-year, $5.25 million contract with outfielder Rajai Davis, according to a baseball source. Jon Heyman of first reported the agreement, which is pending a physical.

As of last week's Winter Meetings, the Indians and Davis were reportedly discussing a 1-year deal that included an option for a second season, though there is no option in the final deal. The contract does include incentives, according to a source.

Davis is the second signing of the day for the Indians, who also added Mike Napoli on a 1-year deal on Wednesday. Cleveland was thought to have strong interest in free agent Shane Victorino, though the signing of Davis makes the addition of Victorino seem unlikely.

Davis, 35, drew interest from multiple teams this winter, with the Twins and Rangers being among the most interested clubs as of last week. He will provide outfield insurance for the Indians, who currently have Lonnie Chisenhall, Abraham Almonte and an injured Michael Brantley as their starting outfielders.

Davis can play all three outfield positions, but has spent a significant amount of time in center throughout his ten major-league seasons with the Pirates (2006-07), Giants (2007-08), Athletics (2008-10), Blue Jays (2011-13) and Tigers (2014-15). He hit .258/.306/.440 with eight homers and 18 steals in 112 games for Detroit last season.