There was a team, just a few short months ago that nobody wanted outfielder David DeJesus. Not the lowly Chicago Cubs. Not the fading Washington Nationals.
Thankfully, the Tampa Bay Rays were more than willing to take their leftovers as they traded for DeJesus, who ended up playing relatively solid for the team as the Rays marched towards the postseason.
Happy with his play, the Rays are reportedly interested in bringing DeJesus back, however, it’s unlikely they’re going to do so at his current salary – a team option worth $6.5 million dollars. The Rays can buyout that option for $1.5 million, which they’re expected to do and will then attempt to negotiate a new deal with the outfielder:
The Rays were interested in DeJesus long before he was acquired Aug. 23 from the Nationals and would like for him to be part of the 2014 roster, where he can platoon in the outfield and at DH. But $6.5 million is kind of rich for the Rays. They could pay the $1.5 million buyout on DeJesus’ contract and try to re-sign him. By doing that, they risk losing DeJesus to another team with a better offer.