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DeJesus acquired from Nats, will join Rays tonight



UPDATE, 6:03: DeJesus was obviously thrilled to be with the Rays after a hectic week, as they are are this third team, and the best team. His reaction on being here: "Unbelievable. Five days ago I was in last place.'' .... DeJesus is wearing No. 7. ... Rays manager Joe Maddon and executive VP Andrew Friedman both raved about DeJesus as a player and a person, and obviously they were eager to get him in the lineup tonight at they chartered a private jet to get him here from Kansas City. ... Maddon said DeJesus will play most days against right-handed pitchers and could be used in any of the three outfield positions.

UPDATE, 3:10: The Rays made room on the 25-man and the 40-man roster by designating for assignment OF Jason Bourgeois.

UPDATE, 1:29: The Rays are giving up either a player to be named later or cash considerations. DeJesus is expected to join them tonight, so they will have to make a roster move pre-game. OF Jason Bourgeois, who is out of options, would seem most likely to go.

DeJesus has the ability to play all three outfield spots.

He hit .247 with 6 homers and 27 RBIs in 87 games this season, mostly with the Cubs.

DEVELOPING: The Rays worked out a deal to acquire OF David DeJesus from the Nationals.

No details yet, but it sounds like DeJesus could be in uniform tonight for the Rays.

DeJesus, 33, was claimed on waivers from the Nationals, who had claimed him earlier this week from the Cubs.

The Rays have eyed DeJesus for a while. In July 2010 they were working on a trade to get him from Kansas City but he tore a tendon in his right thumb. DeJesus hits more for average than power, with a career .279 average and .771 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

He spent the bulk of his career with the Royals, traded to the A's in 2011, then signing a two-year deal with the Cubs. The Nationals claimed him on waivers Monday but put him right back out on waivers, which is how the Rays got involved.

That leaves three potential outcomes by 1 p.m. today for DeJesus, who played in Thursday's game for the Nationals against the Cubs: either the Nats let the Rays have him and the approximate $2.5 million he is owed ($1 million salary, $1.5 million buyout on a $6.5 million 2014 option); the Nats and Rays work out a trade, maybe player(s) for financial relief; or the Nats keep him and his contract for the rest of the season.

DeJesus' wife, Kim, tweeted Thursday: "Wait what? I give up. Just let me know when seasons over and where Dave ended up."

[Last modified: Friday, August 23, 2013 6:03pm]


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