Sep 3, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter David DeJesus (7) singled during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
David DeJesus – Tampa Bay Rays
Contract Remaining: 1 year, $5M ($5M team option in 2016, $1M buyout)
The rise of Steven Souza could soon make DeJesus the odd man out in Tampa Bay, presenting the Blue Jays with another potential trade candidate. This deal would sound better in 2008, but even at 35 years old, DeJesus could provide the Blue Jays with some level of stability in the third or fourth outfield spots.
DeJesus hit .248 / .344 / .403 in his first full season with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014, and those numbers are right along what should be expected from him in 2015. His defense has faded somewhat, but his experience to play across all three outfield positions would also offer John Gibbons some much-needed roster flexibility with the likelihood of platoons elsewhere.
Like Murphy, DeJesus can put up a veteran at-bat and take a walk, which is what the Blue Jays are trying to move towards with the bottom of their lineup. DeJesus could face righties as part of a platoon until Michael Saunders returns, then find value as the fourth outfielder.
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