In David DeJesus, the A's acquire an above-average player toward the end of his peak, under control for one year at the very reasonable price of $6 million. DeJesus can play center, but is best suited to left field where his range is above-average and his fringy (at best) arm is less of an issue.
He's a smart, disciplined hitter whose walk totals have never been great -- although the Royals have not encouraged that kind of patience for most of DeJesus' career -- but who makes good decisions at the plate and boasts a very high contact rate. He rarely gets beaten within the zone or chases bad balls outside of it. He's not futile against southpaws, with just a modest platoon split, so he can play every day, or close to it, as his health allows. He did miss the second half of 2010 due to a torn ligament in his right thumb, and hand injuries can linger for a year or more after they're superficially healed, often sapping power in the process.
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