Deal #1 Done – the Cubs sign David DeJesus to a “cheap” 2-year deal for $8.5 million. The Cubs have a club option for $6.5 million for the 2014 MLB season, but they can also buy out the contract for $1.5 million. DeJesus is coming off his worst season in the big leagues – struggling to a .240 batting average in 131 games (442 at-bats) with the Oakland A’s. DeJesus’ best season was in 2008 when he hit .307 with a .366 on-base percentage. He hit 12 home runs that season and drove in 73 runs. He hit 13 home runs with 71 RBI’s and a .281 batting average in 2009, but battled through injuries in 2010 – playing in only 91 games.
The Cubs like the qualities that DeJesus brings to the table, even if he has lost some of the “pop” in his bat. GM Jed Hoyer had this to say about DeJesus: “We’re very excited to sign David. He’s a player who does a lot of things very well, including runnig the bases and getting on base. And he doesn’t strike out very much. These are all areas we wanted to improve on going into next year…It’s early, but we see him playing right field. He has the ability to play all the positions but he’s playing the corner outfield spots.”
I like this move. He’s cheap compared to the freaking $12 million we’ve been paying to Kosuke Fukudome each of the last 4 seasons. And he should provide more output than Tyler Colvin at this point (let’s hope).
Now we just need to get our Christmas/Chanukah present a little early when we hear about the miracle signing of Prince Fielder to a long-term deal…