According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have signed OF David DeJesus. He’s expected to be the Cubs everyday RF. DeJesus signed a 2 year contract, with a club option. 4.25 million in 2011 and 2012. Also, the option is worth 6.5 million with a 1.5 million buyout.
DeJesus is not the big splash Cubs fans wanted to here, but he would do the job. He can play all 3 OF positions, does not strike out much and is a good base-runner. The last two stick out to me because the Cubs in ’11 struck out a lot and were horrible on the base-path. So…he could be a good mentor to Cub players on how to not run into outs. DeJesus did not have a fantastic season with the A’s last year as he posted a .240/.323/.376/.698 with 10 home runs in 131 games.
This move could mean Alfonso Soriano as a Cub are numbered. The Cubs are shopping him and teams do have intest in him. Team Theo does in fact want to trade Fonize. Also, Byrd could be on the move too. The DeJesus signing can point to many signs.
Jed Hoyer said David DeJesus will not be a platoon player. So…what about Tyler Colvin? Hoyer said he’s not out of the picture, but would have to earn a spot on the team.
David DeJesus name hit the radar a few days ago. David Kaplan mentioned the Cubs are “kicking the tires” on DeJesus and Brunce Levine said DeJesus could be the Cubs signing in free agency.
The soon-to-be 32 year-old (December 20th) made his MLB debut in 2003 with the Kansas City Royals. DeJesus manly has just played on the Royals in his career (2003-2010), before last season where he played for the Oakland A’s. DeJesus’s career stats aren’t bad as he’s posted a .284 average with 71 home runs and 436 rbi’s.
This is not the first time we have heard the Cubs interested in David DeJesus, former Cub GM Jim Hendry was also interested in him, but never made a deal for him. Also, Theo Epstein had interest in him while he was with the Red Sox. So…now he got him.
I actually like the move and think DeJesus will help win ball games in 2012. Also, I expect Alfonso Soriano to be traded and say he’ll be gone by the end of the Winter Meetings (Thursday, December 8th).