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Rays exercise 2014 option on outfielder David DeJesus

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David DeJesus hit two homeruns with 11 RBIs in 35 games with Tampa Bay down the stretch last season.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised a club option on outfielder David DeJesus for next season.

The 33-year-old started 26 games after being obtained in a trade from the Washington Nationals on Aug. 23, helping Tampa Bay earn an AL wild-card berth. He will earn $6.5 million in 2014.

A .279 career hitter, DeJesus batted .251 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 122 games with the Rays, Nationals and Chicago Cubs last season.

The decision Sunday came a day after the Rays exercised 2014 options on second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. The team has until Monday night to make a decision on a $2 million option on pitcher Juan Oviedo.

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