ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A blue Chicago Cubs duffle bag was placed near David DeJesus' locker Friday afternoon at Tropicana Field, more proof that this has been a whirlwind week. Later, he spoke of the past five days as being "crazy" and "up and down," appropriate terms but minor prices to pay for what the Tampa Bay Rays hope leads to valuable depth.
The Rays acquired DeJesus from the Washington Nationals on Friday, after the Nationals acquired him from the Cubs on Monday. He was in bed in Kansas City late in the morning, where the Nationals were set to begin a three-game series, when he received the call from Washington general manager Mike Rizzo informing him that he was moving yet again.
Advantage, Tampa Bay.
"It's exciting," DeJesus said late Friday afternoon, standing near the home dugout at his latest destination. "These guys play the game the right way. When you play against the Rays, you've got to make sure every out is staying accounted for because they come at you. ... '...