The terms of the contract aren't yet known, but Rosenthal writes that he'll be the Cubs' everyday right fielder. DeJesus, who turns 32 next month, batted .240/.323/.376 with 10 home runs, 46 RBI and a .698 OPS over 506 plate appearances this season. The A's offered him arbitration to the Type B free agent last week, so they will receive a sandwich pick in next year's First-Year Player Draft.
I really hope Ken Rosenthal is wrong here. I hope DeJesus is just going to be a 4th outfielder for us. Becasue I don't see how a 32 year old, with his career numbers can be considered a starter. He doesn't have great speed or great power. However he has hit over .300 in a season, twice. And he has a career average of .284. He had his worst year last year, so maybe this is a nice buy low for Team Epstein.
But if this contract is more than a year or two and/or worth more than 4 million annually its not a quality negotiation by Theo. Either way, next week baseball has its winter meetings in Dallas, and the free agent signings and trade announcements should start pouring in. Gotta love the HOT STOVE.
-Both Marmol and Santos are being pursued by several teams
-Pujols turned down 9 yr 198 mil deal last January
- Aramis Ramirez will sign with the Tigers or the Angels
- Cubs in on Pujols and Fielder because there aren't many big bats available in the next couple of offseasons thru free agency.
- CJ Wilson asking for 5 yr 100 mil
- Buehrle being pursued by as many as 8 teams
DeJesus deal is 2 yrs 10 mil.