Ivan De Jesus was a replacement-level player with the Reds in 2016. While his offensive numbers weren't pretty, De Jesus proved to be a valuable defensive player on the infield. At 29 years old, De Jesus most likely is what he is at this point, which is a below-average hitter and above-average defender in the middle infield. After the Reds cut bait, De Jesus joined the Brewers on a minor league deal. His defensive value and versatility may help De Jesus find his way onto the major league roster in 2017, but there is no clear path to regular playing time.
De Jesus signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training. He played in 104 games for the Reds last year, grading out as a replacement-level player (0.1 fWAR). De Jesus can play all four infield positions, which is what makes him appealing in a real life sense, but he has a career 71 wRC+ in 545 plate appearances, making him unappealing in fantasy. Look for him to start the year at Triple-A.
De Jesus was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Friday. De Jesus was on the major league roster the entire year, but he only acted as a reserve utility player for the bulk of the season. With younger players waiting in the upper levels of the minors, the Reds decided to cast the 29-year-old off the 40-man roster, although given his major league experience, he very well could be back in the big leagues at some point in 2017.
De Jesus was added to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates in place of Zack Cozart (knee), MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. De Jesus has not started since Tuesday, but he will do so Sunday with Cozart unable to go. De Jesus will hit eighth against Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong.
De Jesus is in the lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals. Zack Cozart was scratched from the lineup with a bruised finger, so De Jesus will be playing shortstop and batting second in Tuesday's contest. De Jesus has played very little over the last 30 days but has held his own at the plate, going 9-for-31 (.290) in that time.
De Jesus is batting 8-for-20 in July with four strikeouts, no walks and two RBI. Even with a hot month, the Reds utility infielder had just two starts and is not much more than the occasional pinch-hitter and defensive replacement.