Rays bring in Young, claim DeJesus

Updated: August 23, 2013, 3:29 PM ET
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The Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday made two moves to solidify their outfield and give them a boost in the push for a playoff spot.

They brought back former No. 1 draft pick Delmon Young, signing the right fielder to a minor league deal. The Rays announced the signing Thursday and said Young will report to their Double-A affiliate in Montgomery, Ala.

The Rays also have claimed former Chicago Cubs outfielder David DeJesus off waivers from Washington, a move earlier reported by ESPNChicago.com reporter Jesse Rogers. DeJesus was traded by Chicago to the Nationals for a player to be named later Monday, but Fox Sports reported that he was promptly put on revocable waivers.

"Getting traded on Monday, it was kind of a surreal moment," DeJesus told ESPN Chicago on Thursday. "I didn't know how to deal with it, but I know a couple of guys, so it kind of eased the transition. So things started to calm down, but then when there are talks again about moving to a new team, you know you already moved once it kind of is easier to do it again, I guess. It's been a tough week. I just want to get it over and move forward."

Washington will receive a player or cash considerations in the deal announced on Friday.

Young, who signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia in the offseason, batted .261 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 80 games. He has a career .283 average over eight seasons with four teams. The Phillies designated Young for assignment Aug. 9.

The Rays' first overall pick in the 2003 draft, Young was dealt by Tampa Bay to the Twins in 2007 in a six-player trade that fetched right-hander Matt Garza from Minnesota. Young famously flipped his bat into the chest of a Triple-A umpire in 2006 and received a 50-game suspension. He got a three-game ban in 2005 for bumping an umpire in Double-A. He also pleaded guilty in 2012 to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground outside a New York City hotel in 2011.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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