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DeJesus guaranteed $10.5 million with new contract

Posted Nov 6, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM

ROGER MOONEY
Outfielder David DeJesus took less for more when he agreed Sunday to a contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays held a $6.5 million club option on DeJesus for the 2014 season, but DeJesus agreed to a new two-year deal with a club option for a third season that pays less in 2014 but guarantees him $10.5 million.

DeJesus, who received a $25,000 signing bonus, will make $4.25 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015. The 2016 option calls for a $5 million salary or a $1 million buyout.

DeJesus, acquired from the Washington Nationals on Aug. 23, said earlier this week he wanted to remain a Ray.

“I feel the team fit me the best, and being around that winning atmosphere, I feel that I would miss it if had to go somewhere else,” he said.

DeJesus reached the playoffs in 2013 for the first time in his 11-year career.

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