11/30 Cubs sign David DeJesus

The Cubs and outfielder David DeJesus agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for 2014. The team announced the deal Wednesday. DeJesus, who turns 32 next month, joins the Cubs after all or part of nine Major League seasons with the Royals (2003-2010) and Athletics (2011), posting a career .284 batting average with 207 doubles, 50 triples, 71 home runs, 436 RBIs and a .356 on-base percentage in 1,007 big league contests.  He has averaged 33 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs and 70 RBIs per 162 games in his career. He’s primarily played the corner outfield positions the last three seasons.

— Carrie Muskat 


Well, there’s some of that outfield defense we’ve been looking for. I’m happy with this signing, and I’m assuming this means there are some trade plans in the workings. This assures that LaHair will either be our starting first baseman, or trade-bait (most likely with Colvin after this move) if we actually plan on going after Fielder. No more experimental outfielders rotating through right field, just a solid defensive guy with a decent bat at that.

I agree with Shea, DeJesus although not a dynamite run producer is much an upgrade over any current outfielder on the roster including Hendry’s misguided attempt at plugging the center field hole with Byrd. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take Byrd over Soriano and put Campana in CF for the 2012 season. And hopefully we do end up with Fielder at 1B, this will make the “need” for Soriano and his only contribution (the homerun) unneccesary. If not Fielder then let’s roll the dice with LaHair who, contrary to the allmighty Quade’s opinion…IS A FIRST BASEMAN, NOT AN OUTFIELDER. Then we can put the 200 mil for Fielder into the starting rotation which is the REAL BREAD AND BUTTER. This is already so much better than a Hendry signing, the player is GOOD and the two years is GOOD. Byrd should never have been signed for three years. Hoyer vs. Hendry, night and day.

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