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DeJesus says "Meaningful baseball" was key for his return

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Rays fans will see a lot more of outfielder David DeJesus after he signed a two-year extension with the team Wednesday.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

David DeJesus says his decision to sign an extension with the Tampa Bay Rays wasn't about money, it was about getting another possibility for postseason action.

"Playing meaningful baseball was high on my priorities," the Tampa Bay outfielder said Wednesday.  "Being back with that team and getting back with those guys that I grew comfortable with that was definitely something.  I just wanted a fair deal, and I feel that we worked toward it, and we got it."

The 33-year-old will remain in a Tampa Bay uniform through at least the 2015 season, with the club holding an option for the 2016 season.

"He does a lot of things that we value.  He's fit in extremely well for the time he was here," executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.  "Getting a chance to watch how he takes care of himself gave us the confidence and conviction that would be able to remain a good player for at least the next two years."

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And hear from Andrew Friedman on DeJesus as well as what he thinks this first wave of free agency will bring!

 

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