Sep 16, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter David DeJesus (7) hits a RBI single during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Tampa Bay Rays have made an unbelievable amount of trades this offseason, dealing players like Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers, Yunel Escobar, Ryan Hanigan, and Matt Joyce. Despite all their moves, however, they may not be done.
David DeJesus would have starting time available to him as the Rays’ roster currently stands, but that not may not be true for long as Steven Souza is almost big league-ready. With that in mind, it seems like a good bet that DeJesus will be dealt at some point–the Rays don’t want to pay him $5 million plus a $1 million buyout for next season if he won’t even be starting games.
Of course, a DeJesus trade sounds great for the Rays, but it will only happen if there is sufficient interest in him for the Rays to get something back. Their asking price can’t be too high–he is a 35 year old coming off an injury-riddled year–but they certainly would want the acquiring team to pay all $6 million that DeJesus is owed and give them at least a low-level prospect in return.
At this point in his career, David DeJesus is a solid platoon player against right-handed pitching who plays decent defense in left field and won’t embarrass himself entirely in center. Let’s see which teams could use in such a player.