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Rays pick up option on DeJesus

Posted Nov 3, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 10:50 PM

The Rays not only picked up the 2014 option on outfielder David DeJesus on Sunday night, but DeJesus confirmed in a text to the Tribune that he and the team are working toward a multi-year deal.

DeJesus, who will be 34 next season, will make $6.5 million this season as part of a two-year, $10 million deal with a club option he signed before the 2012 season with the Cubs.

The Cubs traded DeJesus to the Nationals on Aug. 19. The Rays acquired DeJesus on Aug. 23 from the Nationals for a player to be named later, who turned out to be minor league left-handed pitcher Matthew Spann.

The 11-year-vet, a career .279 hitter, batted .260 in 104 at-bats over 35 games. He hit two home runs and drove in 11 RBI.

DeJesus ended the longest game in Rays history when he singled home Desmond Jennings in the 18th inning to give the Rays a 5-4, 18-inning victory Sept. 20 against the visiting Orioles.

DeJesus will platoon in left field with Matt Joyce and will also serve as Jennings’s backup in center field. He can also fill in at right field for Wil Myers.

DeJesus can also rotate through the designated hitter spot with Joyce and Myers, meaning the Rays may no longer be in the market for a traditional DH. If so, they can resign Delmon Young and use him as the right-handed half of a DH platoon with DeJesus and Joyce.

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