CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs center fielder David DeJesus isn't going anywhere this season, and it sounds like if both sides have their way, Dejesus will be back roaming the outfield at Wrigley Field in 2014.
"He's a great guy in the clubhouse," general manager Jed Hoyer said after the major league trade deadline passed Wednesday afternoon. "We obviously like the way he manages his at-bats and he's versatile in the outfield so there's a ton of positives and we'd love to have him in a Cubs uniform."
The popular DeJesus drew interest from several teams, according to sources, but instead of moving him, the Cubs just might keep him through next year at least. They have a club option on him for $6.5 million.
"When you start the year with guys, you want to finish it off, no matter the good or bad," Dejesus said. "Inside the clubhouse, we're tight-knit. I want to be the type of guy that stays with the team and wins with the team."
It's well documented Dejesus is the type of player Hoyer and the front office covet. He gets on base and has productive at-bats. This season he's among the league leaders seeing 4.06 per at-bat.
"My job is to produce and I feel that I can still do that as well," Dejesus said.
His wife, Kim, showed her nerves regarding the trade deadline on twitter (@KimDejesus9) throughout the week, but in the end she'll stay in her hometown at least through the end of the season.
"Most guys would be blessed to play in their hometown for two straight years and hopefully many more," David DeJesus said. "We're excited to be here."
And DeJesus is starting to see the Cubs' plan come together. It's not as clear when you're in the middle of it, but while he was out of the lineup because of a shoulder ailment earlier this season, DeJesus began to see what the plan is all about.
"Sitting back when I was injured, I was talking with Theo [Epstein] when [draft pick Kris] Bryant was here and you can see ... these little pieces start to fit together," DeJesus recalled. "I was telling him when you take a step back you can look at it, 'OK, these are starting to come together. These [prospects] are going to come up at the same time together and blossom together.' That's how winning teams stay winning teams for a long time."
And DeJesus wants to be a part of it.
"I love it here," he said.