Rays Claim David DeJesus Off Waivers

According to Jesse Rogers, the Tampa Bay Rays have claimed David DeJesus off of waivers.

In 320 plate appearances this season, DeJesus is batting .248/.328/.399. Nearly all of his damage has come against right-handed pitching, as evidenced by his .266/.347/.440 batting line against opposite-handed pitching.

DeJesus was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 4th round in the 2000 amateur draft.

This is a big risk for the Rays. I was talking to Steve Kinsella, the Rays Insider of Sports Talk Florida, on Twitter and he says DeJesus is owed $2.5M right now. If the Washington Nationals don’t want to pay it, the Rays can’t back out. They’d have to take him and 100 percent of his salary.

“That includes the $1.5M buyout of his 2014 Option of 6.5M. Expensive guy if the Rays held him. So, ~700K on this year + $1.5M buyout = 2.2M.”

But hey, there are those fans that say the Rays never take risks, dish out the money and sign some players. Well, that’s a big one.