Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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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
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.