The Rays picked up David DeJesus's $6.5 million option, and then promptly signed him to a multi-year deal. DeJesus, a 34-year old outfielder, has been a flashpoint for debate in these parts. The case against DDJ goes something like this: "Six and a half million is a lot to spend for a 400-500 OPS vs. lefties." Frankly, I think that statement is absurd. Let me makes some similar ones.
- $2 million is a lot to spend for someone who can only play first base, the easiest defensive position (James Loney, last year).
- $5 million is a lot to spend for someone with a career ISO barely above .100 (Yunel Escobar).
- $13 million is a lot to spend for someone who hits like a pitcher (David Price).
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