After being acquired under two hours ago, David DeJesus will be at Tropicana Field for the Rays’ Friday night game against the Yankees. And with DeJesus joining th Rays’ 25-man and 40-man rosters, someone was going to have to go. That player has ended up being Jason Bourgeois.
Bourgeois, 31, hit .188 with a homer and 2 RBI during his 18 plate appearances with the Rays. But the Desmond Jennings off the disabled list and DeJesus joining the fold, he was clearly redundant. Bourgeois had his moments for the Rays, drilling a walk-off single on August 14th and then homering in his final Rays game on August 21st, his first homer since 7/31/11, but the Rays have replaced him with a better all-around player in DeJesus. DeJesus is, like Bourgeois, capable of playing centerfield and is also a much better hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. The good news for Bourgeois, though, is that teams got a chance to take a look at him for his two weeks in the major leagues and even if he isn’t claimed off waivers, some teams may have liked what they saw enough to give him a chance to make their rosters next spring training. The Rays needed an outfielder, and Bourgeois came up and did a decent job. The Rays will thank him for that and wish him luck wherever he ends up.