In the first of many anticipated moves this off season, the Oakland Athletics have traded for outfielder David DeJesus. The move sent young prospect Vin Mazzaro to the Kansas City Royals, along with another A’s minor league player, starting pitcher Justin Marks.
DeJesus, 30, is set to receive $6 million next year, and is expected to start in one of the corner outfield positions, with Coco Crisp occupying his usual spot in centerfield.
DeJesus saw his best year last year in terms of hitting, posting a .318 average with 37 RBI’s and 5 Homeruns in 91 games, he sat out the second half of the season due to a thumb injury. While DeJesus is necessarily a power hitter, if the A’s pick up the option on Ryan Sweeney’s contract, they will have one of the best defensive outfields in baseball with three hitters that all have the potential to hit above .300.
DeJesus is also a reliable speed option with a great glove, going over 250 games since his last error. While many may be sad to see Mazzaro go, I am not. While I liked Vin, he never really seemed to step it up in pressure situations, and if the A’s were to move anyone, then I am glad it was him.
More to come from the clubhouse I am sure, but for now, welcome to Oakland David DeJesus.