The Cubs have made inqueries about David Dejesus, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN chicago. The Kansas city Royals have put him out on the trading block. DeJesus is a 30 year old lefty, with a career batting line of .286/.358/.425. He spent last year manning left field and hitting 13 homeruns for the royals, Although he has played 500 games in centerfield over his career, sporting a .989 fielding percentage in centerfield.
Dejesus was the leadoff man for the Royals for the majority of the season last year, and he hit second and third in the lineup also. His contract pays him 4.7 million in 2010 with a 6 million dollar club option for 2011 with a 500,000 dollar buyout.
In my opinion Dejesus would be a okay option for the Cubs in centerfield, he is a solid fielder and while he doesn't have tremendous power or dazzling speed, he has been a consistent hitter with a pretty good obp. The thing that is the best about him though is that he is only guaranteed one year and it is not at an outrageous price tag either. Marlon Byrd, Scott Posednik, and Rick Ankiel all want multi-year deals and all three of them aren't exactly ideal choices for centerfield and I wouldn't want anyone of them for more than a year with their question marks and be stuck with yet another bad contract.
I don't think that Dejesus is the missing link to a world series but, he is a solid contributor and would be a decent choice to take over centerfield for the cubs in 2010 and his salary would still leave a little room for other improvements.
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