Here are all the initial reactions to the news this evening that the Rays have traded David DeJesus to the Angels for RHP prospect Eduar Lopez.
DeJesus said it's depressing leaving the #Rays, but understands the move.— Matt Stein (@MattSteinSTF) July 28, 2015
DeJesus said he was eating hummus with Joey Butler when Foley summoned him to Cash's office and he knew then it was a trade from #Rays— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 28, 2015
DeJesus: "Kevin just said they appreciated all the stuff that went on in spring and the person I am and that was pretty cool to hear" #Rays— Matt Stein (@MattSteinSTF) July 28, 2015
DeJesus thanked #Rays for opportunity last 2 years. very excited to be heading to LA, which is where he lives— Roger Mooney (@RMooneyTBO) July 28, 2015
Personally, I will miss him, but it's hard to not be happy for DeJesus, who earns another post season opportunity with the Angels, but more importantly gets to go home:
Is it possible to die of a happiness heart attack?!? ❤️ ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️— Kim DeJesus (@KimDeJesus9) July 28, 2015
Huge thank you to Tampa for loving on David n being so good to him! He loved it!! But I live in LA so now he gets to see his son everyday :)— Kim DeJesus (@KimDeJesus9) July 28, 2015
For the Rays, it appears this was somewhat of an inevitability, as well as a cost saving meneuver:
#Rays Silverman said point of deal was to clear more at bats for Jaso and eventually Jennings and also "to save money." (About $3M)— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 28, 2015
In turn, it would make sense to promote Grady Sizemore back to the show to replenish outfield depth until Jennings returns. Having been recently sent down, Sizemore will be eligible to be promoted on Friday.
On the return, BA's No. 22 prospect in the Angels system:
Silverman aknowledged that Eduar Lopez is only a mid-level prospect, but that he still has faith in team's potential to compete. #Rays— Matt Stein (@MattSteinSTF) July 28, 2015
...and just to reminisce on his role as one of the "splash bros" this season: