The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year contract extension with outfielder David DeJesus, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal also includes a club option for the 2016 season, and financial terms were not disclosed.
News of an extension comes a day after the team exercised their club option on the 33-year old, who was acquired from the Nationals in August. In 35 games with the Rays, DeJesus hit .260 with 2 HR and 11 RBI, bringing his season totals to a .251 average with 8 HR and 58 RBI in 122 games with the Cubs, Nationals and Rays.
DeJesus has struggled in recent years, meaning that he will probably serve as part of a platoon for the Rays over the next two seasons. He played all three outfield positions during his time with Tampa last season, and is expected to see the majority of his playing time in left field. DeJesus is also known as a strong clubhouse presence, which should help a relatively young Rays ballclub.
With DeJesus locked up, eight Rays remain on the free agent market. Jesse Crain, Roberto Hernandez, Kelly Johnson, James Loney, Jose Molina, Fernando Rodney, Luke Scott, Jamey Wright and Delmon Young will all be free agents when the clock strikes midnight tonight.
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