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David DeJesus Trade Rumors: Who Are His Suitors?

By Robbie Knopf
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Sep 19, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder David DeJesus (7) is congratulated by left fielder Kelly Johnson (2) after he scored a run during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

1. Texas Rangers

The Rangers currently have major questions in left field, with Michael Choice, Jake Smolinski, and Ryan Rua being their best options there right now. Choice is the only one of the three who still has any sort of upside, but he looked overmatched at the plate and in the field with the Rangers last season.

The Rangers could use a more proven player to start for them in left field, and DeJesus could be a good buy-low candidate. All three of the players above are right-handed hitters, so the Rangers could still get at least one of them playing time in a platoon situation.

In addition, Mitch Moreland isn’t very good and is coming off an injury-prone season of his own, so DeJesus could slide to DH to replace him. That possibility looks especially favorable because even if a player like Choice breaks out, the Rangers could still find at-bats for DeJesus.

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