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OF Rajai Davis and Tigers agree to 2-year deal

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 8:22pm  ET

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Rajai Davis bats during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations saysDavis and the Detroit Tigers are closing in on an agreement for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, because an agreement has not been completed and the player is to have a physical. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

DETROIT (AP) -- Outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $10 million.

The Tigers announced the deal Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Davis spent the last three seasons with Toronto and hit .260 this year with six homers, 24 RBIs and 45 steals in 331 at-bats. He made $2.5 million this season. He will earn $5 million in each of the two years of this contract.

"Rajai's style of play adds another dimension to the makeup of our ballclub," Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said in a statement. "His speed, defense and bat provide us with more depth and versatility."

He gives the Tigers a speedy presence that the team has been lacking. The Tigers stole just 35 bases last season, fewest in the major leagues.

An eight-year major league veteran, Davis has 268 career stolen bases. He also has played for Pittsburgh (2006-07), San Francisco (2007-08) and Oakland (2008-10).

The right-handed swinging Davis would join an outfield with Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter. He could platoon with lefty Andy Dirks.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated right-hander Luis Marte for assignment.


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