Breaking News: Former Top Prospect Young Returns, DeJesus Claimed Off Waivers by Rays

By Steve Givarz

Usually all the action in baseball after the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Well, August 22nd has been an exception for the Tampa Bay Rays.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, outfielder/DH Delmon Young has agreed to a minor league deal with the team that originally drafted him, the Tampa Bay Rays. Young will report to AA-Montgomery based on personal preference. Considering that the Phillies owe the rest of the $750K salary to Young, this is a no-risk signing with the ability to benefit the Rays the rest of the season. Young managed just a .261/.307/.397 line with 8 home runs in 291 plate appearances for Philadelphia, but Young does still have some value. His days of being a starting outfielder are likely over, but he has a .306/.343/.477 line against left-handed pitching for his career and could potentially fit on the Rays’ roster starting games against left-handed pitching if he can prove himself in the minor leagues. The Rays’ lack of OF depth has shown itself recently with Brandon Guyer and Rich Thompson are both on the DL, leaving only journeyman Jason Bourgeois as an outfielder on the 40-man roster to call up. Young can be additional depth and could even make an impact for the Rays if things go well.

Also reported today by Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago was that the Rays claimed recently traded Nationals OF David DeJesus off of waivers. That leaves the Nationals with several options: they can pull him back from waivers, make a deal with up until 1:00 PM on Friday, or let the Rays claim DeJesus and the rest of his salary. DeJesus is owed $1 million for the rest of 2013 and has a $6.5 million club option for 2014 or a $1.5 million buyout. DeJesus is a left-handed hitting outfielder capable of playing both centerfield and the outfield corners. DeJesus has always mashed right-handed pitching, hitting to a .290/.366/.448 line against them for his career, and while he doesn’t hit lefties, he provides the Rays with a lefty-swinging outfield option with additional defensive player than players like Matt Joyce and Jason Bourgeois who could start some games against righty pitching and be a weapon as a pinch-hitter. The Rays tried to acquire DeJesus at the trade deadline and now they finally have their man.