As the trade deadline approaches, the Los Angeles Angels have been busy over the past 24 hours trying to add outfielder depth.
After announcing trades to acquire Shane Victorino from the Boston Red Sox and David Murphy from the Cleveland Indians, the club announced that they also acquired David DeJesus from the Tampa Bay Rays.
— Angels (@Angels) July 28, 2015
The 35-year old has played in 82 games this season for the Rays, posting a slash line of .259/.323/.375 while seeing most of his playing time in left field. With the recent acquisitions, it is unclear what role DeJesus will play on this team down the stretch, but it’s likely he will serve in some type of platoon with Murphy and Victorino.
As part of the deal, the Angels will also be responsible for the remainder of DeJesus’ contract. The veteran is owed about $2 million of the $5 million dollars he is owed this season, and the club is also responsible for his $5 million dollar club option for 2016 with a $ 1 million dollar buyout.
In return for DeJesus, the Rays will receive right-handed pitcher Eduar Lopez. The 20-year old has been in the Angels’ organization for the past four seasons, never reaching higher than Rookie ball. He holds a career 10-9 record with a 3.39 ERA in 45 games with the team, 40 of which were starts.
Sometimes family members aren’t thrilled about their loved ones being traded, but DeJesus’ wife, Kim DeJesus, was happy about the move, showing her excitement via Twitter as the deal was announced. Kim, along with David’s kids, live in Los Angeles.