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David DeJesus Trade Rumors: Who Are His Suitors?

By Robbie Knopf
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Sep 4, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (7) forces out Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter David DeJesus (7) and throws the ball to first base for a double play during the tenth inning at Tropicana Field. Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2. Toronto Blue Jays

It seems quite surprising that the Blue Jays are set to go with Justin Smoak as their starting first baseman. He is a former top prospect, but he has rarely hit and always played below-average defense. With that in mind, the Blue Jays’ best move could be to acquire a DH, move Edwin Encarnacion to first base, and put Smoak on the bench.

DeJesus could be the DH they acquire and be a useful player against right-handed pitching. In addition, he would provide good insurance for their outfield. Dalton Pompey carries risk in his first full big league season, Michael Saunders played just 78 games in 2014, and Jose Bautista hit the DL in both 2012 and 2013. DeJesus could fill in if any of them need to be out of the lineup.

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