David DeJesus is headed to the Tampa Bay Rays, and he will actually make his debut tonight. He will bat seventh in the lineup, taking Wil Myers’ spot, and play outfield.
Yesterday, it was reported that the Rays claimed DeJesus off waivers.
Today, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Rays have officially acquired him.
DeJesus was placed on waivers immediately following his acquisition by the Washington Nationals, who many speculated may never have been keen on acquiring him in the first place.
However, DeJesus is in the final season of a two-year, $10MM contract that he signed with the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 campaign, though the Rays will hold a $6.5MM club option on him with a $1.5MM buyout. Essentially, they’ll make a $5MM decision on DeJesus this offseason. In terms of 2013 salary, he is owed roughly $883K, bringing Tampa Bay’s total commitment to him to $2.383MM. From the Nationals’ point of view, it’s an odd sequence of events, though it’d be worth it if the player they acquire from the Rays is superior (in their opinion) to the player they will ultimately send to the Cubs. (via MLB Trade Rumors)