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Cubs sign OF David DeJesus to 2-year deal

Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 5:04 pm
 
David DeJesusBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Theo Epstein era in Chicago is starting with David DeJesus, as the team announced it signed the free-agent outfielder to a two-year deal worth $10 million with a team option for 2014. There is thought, though, this move could be a precursor to a bigger move, perhaps a trade of Alfonso Soriano.

DeJesus, who will be 32 in December, has played all three outfield spots, but is primarily a corner outfielder. He hit .240/.323/.376 with 10 home runs for the Athletics in 2011, but is a .284/.356/.421 career hitter. For now, DeJesus will be penciled in as the team's everyday right fielder.

The left-handed hitting DeJesus will benefit from moving from the spacious park in Oakland to the more hitter-friendly Wrigley Field. Last year was his only year in Oakland after spending the first eight years of his career in Kansas City.

As for a trade, the Cubs would love to get rid of Soriano, but nearly any deal would require them to eat much of Soriano's massive salary -- and it's one that would make Adam Richmond blush. The Cubs still owe Soriano $54 million through 2014. If they are able to get rid of him, that would open up a spot for Tyler Colvin or prospect Brett Jackson.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Cubs sign OF David DeJesus to 2-year deal

Depending on the size of the 2 year deal I would not assume that he would be blocking Colvin.  He seems like a 4th outfielder who will start in right if needed.I do agree that they need to give Colvin more of a look.  He had a monster rookie season and Quade didn't seem to give him much of a shake.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Cubs sign OF David DeJesus to 2-year deal

To Fakeazznames    
;  good post. Just spend money when not needed Just put Bett Jackson in center field lead off how hard is that ?   Utility player big deal. Colvin is not a proven every day player. But  now you block Colvin and Jackson from seeing what the youth movement can do without spending the owners money? yes this a yawn move


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:53 pm
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Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Cubs sign OF David DeJesus to 2-year deal

Another move kinda like the Marlon Byrd deal, a smaller deal that brings in a good, but older player (one of the few good moves from Hendry).  A nice short term fix until the kids can get ready to play.  I don't really see him as the everyday RF as the Cubs need to see what Colvin and Jackson have, but DeJesus would make a great veteran PH and spot OF.

Very detailed way to say the Cubs just signed a veteran utility player. All teams in the majors will make these kind of signings.

Yawn......




Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Cubs sign OF David DeJesus to 2-year deal

I believe they got Vin Mazzaro in the deal.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Cubs sign OF David DeJesus to 2-year deal

Another move kinda like the Marlon Byrd deal, a smaller deal that brings in a good, but older player (one of the few good moves from Hendry).  A nice short term fix until the kids can get ready to play.  I don't really see him as the everyday RF as the Cubs need to see what Colvin and Jackson have, but DeJesus would make a great veteran PH and spot OF.

And deal Soriano for whatever you can get.  Take a bag of balls and pay $30 mil of it.  This year is going to be a rebuilding year, so make sure you get rid of him and Z this year so you can start anew in 2013 (if the world hasn't ended of course).



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Cubs sign OF David DeJesus to 2-year deal

Long gone are the days when David DeJesus would tool around the outfield in a KC Royals uniform. Back then Royals managment would have fans believe DeJesus was the second coming of Johnny Damon. Not hardly. Thankfully we have some bonabide big leaguers patrolling the outfield these days. I don't even remember who KC received in return for DeJesus. Maybe it was Jake Ordozzi. In either case it was a good trade. Best of luck to David in Chicago. I'm sure he'll get booed relentlessly.



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