The Angels have swung yet another deal for an outfielder, adding David DeJesus from the Rays in exchange for minor-league right-hander Eduar Lopez. The deal was first reported as close by Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown.
DeJesus is the third outfielder to be acquired by the Angels in less than 24 hours, joining Shane Victorino and David Murphy. The Angels have been looking for outfield help and have considered a plethora of options on the trade market, and will now add DeJesus, Victorino and Murphy to a group that already includes Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Matt Joyce and Daniel Robertson.
As we first reported last week, DeJesus was a trade candidate for a Rays' team that is looking to both buy and sell at the deadline due his status as a rental player for the rest of the season. The 35-year old is controllable under a $5 million option for next season or will be owed a $1 million buyout, making his future a $4 million decision for the Angels.
In 82 games with the Rays this season, DeJesus has hit .259/.323/.375 with five homers while appearing at both corner outfield spots. The Angels are his sixth major-league organization.
Lopez, 20, was not ranked among the Angels' top thirty prospects before the trade. The Dominican right-hander has posted a 2-2 record and 4.32 ERA in eight starts with Low-A Orem so far this season, which is his fourth in professional baseball.