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Rays acquire OF David DeJesus from Nationals

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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Nationals on Friday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

It is the latest move by the Rays to bolster their offense and improve depth as they head for the stretch run of the season.

Tampa Bay signed designated hitter Delmon Young on Thursday to a minor league contract and are expected to add him to the roster on Sept. 1 after Young plays into game-shape at Double A Montgomery.

DeJesus will join the team in time for Friday night’s game with the Yankees at Tropicana Field.

The Rays will make a corresponding move prior to the game.

Tampa Bay is taking on payroll in acquiring DeJesus, assuming about $1 million for the remainder of this season. The Rays also hold a $6.5-million team option for 2014 or can pay DeJesus a $1.5 million buyout.

Primarily a center fielder, DeJesus can play all three outfield positions. A career .279 hitter over 11 seasons, DeJesus was traded from the Cubs earlier this week to the Nationals, where he played in two games before being placed on waivers.

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