Rays Claim David DeJesus | The Process Report

Rays Claim David DeJesus

In addition to signing Delmon Young to a minor-league contract, the Rays also claimed Nationals’ outfielder David DeJesus off waivers. The 33-year-old was acquired by Washington last week after they claimed him off waivers from the Cubs. The Rays and Nationals have until Friday afternoon to complete the transaction. If a deal cannot be reached, he will remain in D.C.

DeJesus is in his 11th season in the big leagues, having spent time with Kansas City, Oakland, Chicago, and now Washington. He is a .279 career hitter with a .771 OPS. That said, as a left-handed batter, he has a pronounced platoon split.

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The Brooklyn-born outfielder has above-average contact skills, even at his advanced age, with a good understanding of the strike zone. Although he has never has much of an appetite for stolen bases, he is an skilled runner and will take the extra base more often than not.

Defensively, DeJesus has played primarily center field; however, he has a decent amount of playing time in both corners. He is mostly average in the middle which means he’s probably better off in left or right field.

With Kelly Johnson, Matt Joyce, and the currently disabled Luke Scott, there does not seem to be much need for DeJesus. On the other hand, Andrew Friedman is in the business of acquiring talent and DeJesus is an above-average player that became available. How and where he fits in is secondary in the order behind building a deep, skilled roster. Should the Rays complete the transaction it would also net Friedman another white whale he has been chasing for some time.

In terms of contract status, DeJesus is owed around a $1 million for the remainder of the 2013 season with a club option of $6.5 million for 2014 or a $1.5 million buyout. If the Rays secure his services, they could pick up the modest option and have him as a piece of the 2014 club (Luke Scott and James Loney are free agents), decline the option and re-sign him at a lesser rate as they did with Scott or use him as a trade-able asset in the winter.

Data & visuals courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info.



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