The Rays and David DeJesus are nearing an extension that will keep the outfielder with the club for at least the next two seasons. According to Marc Topkin, the new contract is for two years and there will be an option for 2016. The value of the deal is not known. However, the Rays just picked up DeJesus’ 2014 option which was worth $6.5 million.
The Rays also declined the option on Juan Carlos Oviedo. The Rays signed Oviedo prior to the 2013 season. He sat out the entire year following Tommy John surgery and the Rays paid him $490,000 hoping he would come back strong in 2014. However, the Rays must not have been happy with Oviedo’s recovery and chose to pay his $30,000 buyout rather than pick up his $2 million option.
So for those keeping score at home, the Rays gave Oviedo $520,000 and Jesse Crain approximately $1.4 million and neither player pitched a single inning for the Rays. Oh yeah, and the Rays gave up two minor leaguers for Crain in the initial trade. I know Friedman has to take chances from his chair, but these were not his finest moments.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Wil Myers won the players choice award for top American League Rookie. That is hardly important compared to his hair on the MLB Network while accepting the award (above). What the hell, Wil? Edward Scissorhands called, he wants his hair back.
- Jay Jaffe of SI.com takes a look at eight teams that might be most interested in trading for David Price. [SI.com]