Earlier this week the Rays exercised their $6.5 million club option for outfielder David DeJesus and were said to be working on a multi-year extension by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The two sides have since agreed to new two-year contract with an option for a third year, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says the deal is worth $10.5 million. Heyman has confirmed.
"I'm excited to be a Ray again," said DeJesus to Topkin after confirming the new agreement. The deal covers the 2014-15 seasons with the option for 2016.
DeJesus, 33, hit .251/.327/.402 with 29 doubles, eight homers, 38 RBI and 52 runs in 122 games for the three teams in 2013. For the first time in his 11-year career, DeJesus made the postseason, too, and he hit .333 with a double and RBI in the ALDS round against the eventual champion Red Sox. He's also a helpful option on defense who can handle all three outfield spots.
The Rays now have DeJesus, Desmond Jennings, Wil Myers and Matt Joyce either under contract or team control for at least the next two seasons. Ben Zobrist also plays the outfield regularly. Joyce could see more time at first base or DH, or he could become trade bait as his salary increases through arbitration.