Cubs, Outfielder David DeJesus Agree To Two-Year Deal

CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs and outfielder David DeJesus have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2014 campaign.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DeJesus, who turns 32 next month, joins the Cubs after all or part of nine major league seasons with Kansas City (2003-2010) and Oakland (2011), posting a career .284 batting average (1,077-for-3,797) with 207 doubles, 50 triples, 71 home runs, 436 RBI and a .356 on-base percentage in 1,007 big league contests.  He has averaged 33 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs and 70 RBI per 162 games in his career.

The versatile outfielder has primarily played in corner outfield positions the last three seasons.  DeJesus began his career as a center fielder, playing 497 games in that position through the 2008 season, but played 139 games in left field in 2009 and 186 games in right field from 2010-11.  The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder carried a 241-game errorless streak into the 2011 campaign, the longest active streak among big league outfielders at the time, before posting a .984 fielding percentage last season with Oakland (only four errors in 250 total chances).

DeJesus batted in every spot in the lineup last season, with the fifth (30 games) and sixth (34 games) spots representing his most action.  In his career, DeJesus has batted more games out of the leadoff spot than any other position in the lineup (651 games).

The left-handed batter and thrower is a career .292 hitter (768-for-2,627) vs. right-handed pitching and has a .345 mark (82-for-238) against National League Central competition.  Overall, DeJesus has posted a .325 batting average (150-for-461) in 123 games vs. the National League in interleague play and has a .305 batting average (111-for-364) with a .409 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position and two outs.   

DeJesus has posted a batting average of .281 or better in six of his last eight major league seasons, including breakout campaigns with a .293 mark in 2005 and a .295 average in 2006.  DeJesus recorded a career-high 36 doubles in 2006, set a career high with 101 runs scored in 2007, notched a career-high 73 RBI in 2008 and totaled a career-best 13 home runs in 2009.

In 2010, his final season with the Royals, DeJesus set career highs with a .318 batting average and .384 on-base percentage in 91 games, as his season was cut short due to right thumb surgery shortly after the All-Star Break.  DeJesus was traded to Oakland during the 2010-11 offseason and batted .240 with 20 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs, 60 runs scored and 46 RBI in 131 games last season, his lone with the Athletics.  He hit .270 with a .342 on-base percentage after the All-Star Break last year.

DeJesus, who was born in Brooklyn, makes his offseason home with his family in Wheaton, Ill.  He attended Rutgers University and was selected by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2000 Draft.  He made his big league debut with the club three years later in 2003.  DeJesus was one of 30 nominees for the MLB Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle Award in 2008.