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Rajai Davis clears waivers, outrighted to Syracuse

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After showing up mid-game and hitting a big home run last week, Davis had been DFA’d just days later.

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Mets outfielder Rajai Davis, who was called up as the team’s outfield depth was depleted and hit a big pinch-hit home run last week, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. Just a few days after that home run, though, Davis was designated for assignment to make room on the team’s active roster for Michael Conforto, who had been activated from the injured list.

Davis was a depth signing for the Mets over the offseason, and given his stats over the past few years in the big leagues, it wouldn’t be rational to expect significant production from him at the plate over a long span of time. But the story of the 38-year-old learning of his call-up, not believing it, hopping in an Uber from Lehigh Valley to Queens, and hitting a home run shortly after getting lost trying to find the clubhouse was a pretty great one—and made the DFA seem slightly on the cruel side.

For now, though, Davis remains in the organization and has a .286/.286/.714 line and a 161 wRC+ in seven major league plate appearances with the Mets.