The Kansas City Royals announced today that they picked up the option on centerfielder David DeJesus. That option will pay DeJesus $6 million in 2011. There was never any doubt the Royals would pick this up, it was just surprising it took them this long to make the decision. I’m guessing they just wanted to see how he would recovery from his recent thumb surgery before committing.
There’s two reasons why picking up this option was a smart decision for the Royals.
One, DeJesus is a player close to stardom, if he could stay healthy. In 2009, he was batting .318 with 5 homers, 37 rbis and 46 runs scored in 352 at-bats before the injury. He was subpar in the leadoff spot but turned into a solid middle of the order guy once plugged into the three hole, batting .358 out of the spot. With production like that he could be an anchor to a young, improving team.
Two, he could be valuable trade bait. Before his thumb injury, DeJesus was one of the most sought after players at the trade deadline. Any contender who needed outfield help was calling and willing to pay for his services. One of those teams was the Boston Red Sox, who I’m sure would be willing to pay again this off season if he’s healthy.
So yea like I said the Royals made a good move by picking up DeJesus’ option. I highly doubt they’d be sitting at 67-93 right now if DeJesus stayed healthy. Hopefully they can put some pieces around him and Zack Greinke because this team does have some potential.