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Rays, Dejesus Agree To Contract Extension

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(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays and outfielder David DeJesus have agreed to a two-year contract covering 2014 and 2015 with a one-year club option for 2016.  The extension, worth a guaranteed $10.5 million, replaces the 2014 club option that was exercised by the Rays on Sunday.

DeJesus, who turns 34 in December, was acquired by the Rays on August 23 from the Washington Nationals.  After joining the Rays, the left-handed hitter played in 35 of the Rays 38 games and started 26 contests (18-LF, 5-CF, 3-RF), all against right-handed pitchers.  In a combined 122 games between the Chicago Cubs, Nationals and Rays in 2013, DeJesus batted .251/.327/.402 (98-for-391) with eight home runs, 38 RBI, 29 doubles and 52 runs scored.  Against right-handed pitchers, he batted .266/.345/.427 (89-for-335) with seven home runs, 34 RBI, 27 doubles and three triples.

A veteran of 11 major league seasons, DeJesus enjoyed his first trip to the postseason as the Rays captured the 2013 American League Wild Card.  He batted .341 (15-for-44) at Tropicana Field after joining the Rays.  On September 20 vs. the Baltimore Orioles, he delivered a walk-off single in the 18th inning for a 5-4 win, ending the longest game in club history.  DeJesus is a career .279 hitter with a .353 on-base percentage, 88 home runs and 61 triples and owns a career .289 batting average against right-handed pitchers.

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