Rays Acquire David DeJesus | The Process Report

Rays Acquire David DeJesus

The Rays have acquired David DeJesus, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. In exchange, the Nationals will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations, per the club.

DeJesus, now with his third team this week, was traded a few days ago to the Nationals. He might not want to get too comfortable in St. Petersburg, either, as the Rays will have to decide if paying him the $5 million difference between his 2014 club option and buyout is worth their while. But in the interim, DeJesus is a long-time Rays target who should help the team down the stretch.

Useful though limited is the best way to describe DeJesus. None of his offensive numbers are incredible, yet his overall production makes him an average-to-above-average contributor. Still, the Cubs platooned him to the same degree the Rays platoon Matt Joyce. When DeJesus reaches he’s a skilled baserunner, albeit one with a poor career stolen-base success rate. His defensive versatility can come in handy, although the Rays seem unlikely to play him there over Desmond Jennings save for an injury or occasional off day. DeJesus is, in effect, a good fourth outfielder at this point in his career. That’s no problem when the alternatives are fifth outfielders, and when the cost is minimal.

Over the past month, Andrew Friedman has added four big-league players to the fold for the stretch run. Though none of the players enjoy superstar status—Jesse Crain, as it is, might be the closest to the top of his position—each can contribute under Joe Maddon’s guidance. This was already a good team, with few obvious needs, to begin with. Now the club has bolstered depth without losing much. Whether the talent boost will be enough to make the postseason and get beyond the early rounds is to be determined. For now you have to appreciate the efforts to construct arguably the deepest roster in team history.

For more on DeJesus, check out Tommy’s initial post.

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