The Tampa Bay Rays announced Sunday night that they have exercised their 2014 option on outfielder David DeJesus. He will make $6.5 million next season.
DeJesus, 33, came to Tampa Bay in a trade with the Washington Nationals on Aug. 23. The Rays had coveted the 11-year veteran for some time, dating back to his early career with the Kansas City Royals.
After his acquisition, DeJesus played in 35 games with Tampa Bay. He finished the season with a .251 batting average, eight homers and 38 RBI in a combined 122 games with the Chicago Cubs, Nationals and Rays.
DeJesus is a career .279 hitter with 88 homers, and he owns a career .289 batting average against right-handed pitchers.
Whether to exercise his option was considered to be one of the harder decisions the Rays would have to make in the offseason. It was clear, however, that manager Joe Maddon and executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman considered DeJesus valuable.
Tampa Bay also holds a $2 million club option on reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo. A decision must be made on Oviedo by midnight Monday.