David DeJesus of the Oakland Athletics hits an RBI single driving in Hideki Matsui against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning during an MLB baseball game at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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DeJesus will be 32 years old in about three weeks. He's had some good offensive seasons, mostly with the Royals, but didn't hit very well last year with Oakland, just .240/.323/.376. It's not just the home park, either; he hit just about as well in the Mausoleum as on the road.
He is a good defensive player, though, and will be far better than another year of Tyler Colvin out there, or trying Bryan LaHair, a first baseman, as a fulltime outfielder. However, this is a bit disturbing:
Two years? I thought new management was trying to get away from deals like that for players who were past their primes. I suppose it depends on the dollar figure. Rosenthal also tweeted that the Cubs are trying to move Alfonso Soriano; if that happens, Marlon Byrd could move to LF and Brett Jackson could play CF. Or Tony Campana -- if he could learn to take a walk -- might be a part-time OF option.
I've been told that DeJesus had been a target of both Theo Epstein in Boston and Jed Hoyer in San Diego in the past, so this makes sense from that standpoint. If healthy, and if not too expensive, this is a reasonable signing.
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