According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have signed outfielder David DeJesus to a 2 year deal for $10M with a club option for 2014. This is someone I mentioned quite some time ago and most recently, in a response today on a question about Grady Sizemore.
DeJesus will be the everyday RF'er at this time. He is a plus defender in either corner with good speed and a solid arm. Offensively he's a good OBP guy (.356) lifetime with some pop. His lifetime slugging percentage is .421. Last year was a bit of a struggle offensively in a big park, hitting just .240 with 10 HRs. He did hit .307, .281, and .319 the previous three seasons, so it's likely the Cubs see last year as an aberration.
A good signing, in my opinion, as he fits Epstein and Hoyer's stated desire to add defense, left-handed hitting, and athleticism. His UZR was an outstanding 10 last season. He's going to play a big part in run prevention and a solid role on offense. I liken him to a Brian McRae type player.
According to Joel Sherman, "Epstein's Red Sox were near landing DeJesus in July '10, when he fractured wrist on Jeter inside-park HR, Epstein gets him now with Cubs."
At $5M per year, it's hard to beat this deal. Even in an off year, DeJesus was a 2.2 WAR player, so the Cubs got great value here.
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