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Rajai Davis signs minor-league deal with New York Mets

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Free agent outfielder Rajai Davis, who spent two of the last three seasons with the Cleveland Indians, has signed a minor-league deal with the New York Mets that includes an invitation to spring training from the club.

Davis becomes the third Indians free agent to sign with another team following Lonnie Chisenhall’s deal with Pittsburgh and Josh Donaldson’s one-year contract in Atlanta. Key remaining free agents who played for the Tribe last year include outfielder Michael Brantley and relievers Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Oliver Perez.

In New York, Davis will be reunited with manager Mickey Callaway, who was the Tribe’s pitching coach in 2016 when Davis hit .249 and led the American League with 43 stolen bases at age 35. The deal was announced by the Mets via their twitter account.

Davis, who will always be remembered by Indians fans for his game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, played for Oakland and Boston in 2017 before signing a minor-league deal with the Indians during spring training in 2018.

He hit .224 with a home run and six RBI in 216 at-bats for Cleveland last season, appearing in 101 games. Despite playing sparsely and missing most of August on the disabled list, the 38-year-old veteran managed 21 steals in 28 attempts.

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