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Cubs sign David DeJesus to two-year, $10 million deal

Nov 30, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

Athletics' DeJesus hits a solo home run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

David DeJesus has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cubs and is expected to be Chicago’s starting right fielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a team option for 2014, when DeJesus will be 34 years old.

DeJesus is coming off a career-worst season in Oakland, hitting just .240 with his first sub-.700 OPS, but prior to being traded to the A’s he was consistently a very good on-base threat and plus defensive outfielder during seven seasons for the Royals.

He lacks ideal power for a corner outfielder, but DeJesus has a .354 career on-base percentage, including an OBP above .345 every season from 2004 to 2010, and he’s capable of hitting 10-15 homers. He’s hardly a headline-grabbing pickup, but DeJesus has long been an underrated all-around player who’ll fit atop the Cubs’ lineup and the price is certainly right.

Oakland offered DeJesus arbitration, so the A’s will receive a supplemental first-round pick as compensation.

  1. kcfanatic - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    He is a good top of the order guy. I see him doing well in a big market.

    • sonofabeachy - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

      Isn’t he pretty much the same exact player as Marlon Byrd?

      I guess it’s an ok signing…

  2. SmackSaw - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    He’ll hit better at Wrigley. The vast expanse in Oakland ain’t easy.

  3. delsj - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Thank god – can cross him off Ruben Jr.’s over 30 Christmas wish list!

  4. okobojicat - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Apparently Brett Jackson isn’t ready for the show yet…or there’s a deal for Soriano already in place!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      I’m assuming Brett comes up when Byrd’s deal is up after this year, provided he continues to do well.

  5. icanspeel - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    I’m surprised the Padres didn’t try to get him.. They like players who used to be decent coming off of a bad year. Oh wait Cubs have Hoyer now..

  6. Kyle - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Good value. Good signing.

  7. 18thstreet - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    I like a two-year deal for a pretty good player for a rebuilding franchise. By 2014, he’ll be off the books and the team will hopefully have a cheaper 24-year old option who puts up roughly the same numbers.

    Theo, you magnificent bastard! You’ve done it again!

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    It’s cheap, he’s a good player, and I think Wrigley will suit him nicely. I think he’s going to have a nice rebound. Welcome, David!

  9. cmutimmah - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Isn’t he just a less Asian Fukudome?

    • baned0n - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      He’s a less old and less expensive Fukudome.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:23 PM

        More consistent, too. But then again, I believe every MLB player ever is more consistent than Fuku.

  10. tone360 - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Seems a bit pricey and where is SORRY-ANO going? He cant be our DH because they sent HOU to the A.L. See ya Alfonse.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      David is a right fielder. Alfonso is a left fielder. They can play together.

  11. beerjunkie - Nov 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    This is not a good signing. Period.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      For a $5 million salary, which is what, Jamie Carroll money? – it’s a great deal for a guy who’s still young enough to have a nice rebound and play in a much better park.

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