The Cubs signed former Oakland A’s outfielder David DeJesus to a two year, $10 million deal today to be their everyday right fielder. I would think this means the end of the Tyler Colvin experiment and marks the first splash in the free agency market for the new regime.
DeJesus will be 32 years old for the 2012 season and is coming off a down year in Oakland where he hit 240/323/376 (309 wOBA) on the year. In his seven seasons in Kansas City, DeJesus put up a line of 289/360/426 (342 wOBA), which looks better but is still only slightly above average for a corner outfielder. In fact, those numbers look awfully similar to a former red headed Cub left fielder that went on to have success in Japan this past season.
A deeper glance at his 2011 shows that DeJesus made contact at a career low rate which led to a career high rate in strikeouts. It’s also true that his BABIP was a career worst .274 (career .316), so there may have been some bad luck involved.
Bottom line is the Cubs are getting a RF with solid defense and a decent OBP that bats from the left side. How does 270/350/400 with 12 or 13 homers sound for 2012?