Saturday, August 18, 2007
Funny Name, Serious Speed
The Pirates and Giants completed an unheralded trade at the deadline which sent Matt Morris to Pittsburgh in exchange for a speedy outfielder named Rajai Davis.
The trade wasn't talked about much because it was between two bad teams. We know about Morris. He's a better real player than he is in terms of fantasy baseball. He's got grit. He can get you wins, but his stat lines can kill a fantasy owner (7-8, 4.51 ERA, 1.50 WHIP this season).
Davis is an interesting player though. He doesn't have a ton of power, but after having watched him a bit more in San Francisco, it's clear that the rookie's wheels will be his biggest asset.
It seems like the centerfield job is his to lose with the Giants, after Davis had to battle with the likes of Nate McClouth and Chris Duffy (not household names) in Pittsburgh. Randy Winn and Dave Roberts are still in the Bay Area, but Davis is the youngest and most exciting of the three - especially considering that the Giants are out of it and will likely be evaluating their young talent for the rest of 2007.
Davis looks like a one-dimensional base stealer right now, with 14 SB and only 6 RBI this season. But 9 of those steals have come in the month of August, and if the Giants add any kind of offense by next season, Davis could turn out to be a high-run total guy as well as a good hitter for average (hitting .304 as of now).
So if you're desperate for speed coming down the stretch, Davis could be the answer. But next season, he might be a real sleeper if you're late in a draft without much speed on your roster.