Former Cubs outfielder David DeJesus signs on with Rays

Former Cubs outfielder David DeJesus signs on with Rays
November 4, 2013, 10:45 am
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Tony Andracki

Well, that didn't take long.

After a busy August that saw him traded from the Cubs to the Washington Nationals and then flipped to the Rays a couple days later, David DeJesus now has a home.

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The veteran outfielder inked a two-year deal with the Rays Monday.



After the Cubs dealt DeJesus to Washington, there were reports he might return to Chicago as a free agent this winter. But with the signing of Ryan Sweeney and the emergence of Brian Bogusevic in the outfield, the door closed on DeJesus' return.

DeJesus turns 34 next month and was a fan favorite in his two years with the Cubs while providing a stable presence at the top of the lineup and in the clubhouse. He hit .258/.343/.403 with 15 homers, 77 RBI and 115 runs in 232 games in Chicago.

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The Cubs made a few roster moves of their own Monday, activating a trio of players — Kyuji Fujikawa, Arodys Vizcaino and Mat Gamel — off the 60-day disabled list, as is procedure during the MLB offseason.

The moves put the Cubs' 40-man roster at 37 players. They will likely add at least another guy to the 40-man roster in the coming days, to protect the players from the Dec. 12 Rule 5 Draft.