New general manager Jed Hoyer made it known on Tuesday that the Chicago Cubs were in the market for essentially everything, but specifically noted a left-handed bat was among the team's biggest needs.
Less than 24 hours later, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was reporting the Cubs had signed a new left-handed bat in 31-year-old outfielder David DeJesus. The new deal, which SI's Jon Heyman reports is worth $10 million over two years, makes DeJesus the first acquisition of the Theo Epstein regime in Chicago.
It's not the splashy first move many fans were likely hoping for, but the affordable deal is a good place to start their offseason shopping. It's also safe to assume DeJesus alone won't satisfy their desire for left-handed punch. However, the veteran's presence should give them a regular right fielder and a possible top of the order fixture for at least the next two seasons, and possibly beyond if Chicago exercises the $6.5 million option in 2014.
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