Report: Rays & Royals had deal for David DeJesus at Deadline | The Process Report

Report: Rays & Royals had deal for David DeJesus at Deadline

Over the past few seasons, Andrew Friedman has taken a lot of heat for not adding a key piece to the Rays at the trade deadline. While no deal was actually made, it was not due to a lack of effort.

In 2008, the Rays nearly traded Reid Brignac and Jeff Niemann to the Pirates for Jason Bay. The move was so close to happening that Bill Chastain, official Rays’ reporter of, proclaimed Bay was a Ray. Obviously that did not happen and he was traded moments later to the Boston Red Sox.

This past year, we know the Rays had talked with multiple teams, but don’t know how advanced the talks were. That said, the team did put a claim in for Manny Ramirez only to fall victim to their place in the standings and watch him be awarded to the Chicago White Sox.

Now Joel Sherman tell us the Rays and the Royals had a deal worked out for David DeJesus in late July; however, DeJesus’ season-ending thumb injury on July 23rd ended any hope of a deal.

At the time of injury, he was hitting .318/.384/.443 with 31 extra-base hits in 91 games. If he produced similar production over the final two months, he might have added an addition 1.0 – 1.5 wins to the club.

Earlier this month, DeJesus was traded to the Athletics in a deal centered around Vin Mazarro. Had the Rays acquired him at the deadline, there is a good chance he would have been with the club through the 2011 season. The Royals picked up his $6-million club option at seasons end – something the Rays would’ve likely done as well. Although he is a free agent at the end of 2011, he should receive Type-B status if not Type-A meaning draft pick compensation if he walks.

Obviously this news means little right now, but at least we know they’re trying.

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