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Oct 8, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder David DeJesus (7) celebrates after he hit a RBI single during the sixth inning of game four of the American League divisional series against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rays and OF David DeJesus agree on 2-year contract extension

Going into the off-season, it was widely assumed that outfielder David DeJesus and the Tampa Bay Rays would continue their player-team marriage, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times broke some rather interesting news on the situation.

Originally, it was widely reported that the Rays had picked up a $6.5 million 2014 option for DeJesus, but Topkin’s news is far more interesting. Financial details are unavailable for the 2-year pact (that could turn into 3 years with a 2016 option), but it’s a safe bet that the average annual salary will likely be a tick lower than $6.5 million to accommodate the extra years.

In 2013, DeJesus played for 3 different teams, but he did manage to display reasonable offensive numbers (.251/.327/.402 slash line with 8 home runs in 439 plate appearances), and his quality defense as an outfielder also drives up his value. In addition, the 33-year-old outfielder has a platoon split that Joe Maddon and the Rays will be able to utilize properly, as he has a career wRC+ of 117 against right-handed pitching.

In the end, this is a match made in heaven for both parties, and there should be no surprise that the two sides were able to agree.

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