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Rays deal outfielder David DeJesus in a cost-saving move at deadline

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Hold the Gatorade. Half of the Splash Brothers are gone.

Outfielder David DeJesus, rumored to be traded since spring training, was finally dealt by the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Days before the deadline, he was dealt to Anaheim for minor league pitcher Eduar Lopez in a cost-saving move that may open the door for the return of Grady Sizemore.

DeJesus was eating in the clubhouse when coach Tim Foley approached the table. He thought “Uh-oh. Me gone.”

DeJesus swore he had not been thinking about a trade, even though one had been rumored for months. DeJesus seemed like a high-priced extra piece here.

Vice President Matt Silverman said he didn’t know much about Lopez except that he was a young pitcher who throws hard. Eventually, the hope is that he can slot into the bullpen.

DeJesus joins the recast Angels’ outfield along with David Murphy and Shane Victorino. He is hitting .259.

“It stinks leaving these guys,” said DeJesus, who seemed OK with the move. “You work all off-season and we’re right there. But I’m going to a first-place team and I’m moving closer to where I live. I didn’t think it was going to happen. I felt we had enough pieces here to win it. They still do.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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