MESA, Ariz. – David DeJesus – one of the first free agents the Theo Epstein regime signed during the Wrigleyville rebuild – will be bringing his unique insight to CSN Chicago as a Cubs analyst.
DeJesus, who helped mentor a young Anthony Rizzo and later played for Joe Maddon’s Tampa Bay Rays, will be part of the pre- and postgame coverage of the defending World Series champs, the network announced Wednesday, and contribute to podcasts and other studio shows.
DeJesus, 37, carved out a 13-year career in the big leagues as a well-rounded player who could get on base, provide plus defense in the outfield and be a positive presence in the clubhouse.
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DeJesus made it through the 101-loss season in 2012 – and won back-to-back Dale Sveum bunt tournaments in spring training – before the Cubs moved him to the Washington Nationals in August 2013. Days later, DeJesus got traded to Tampa Bay and he eventually finished out his playing career with the Los Angeles Angels in 2015.
"I'm thankful to CSN for giving me this opportunity to once again be a part of the best organization in baseball," said DeJesus in a statement. "I loved my time with the Cubs and I am excited to be able to bring my insight to the viewers and enjoy the ride to another championship."
DeJesus replaces Todd Hollandsworth, another ex-Cub who moved up to the broadcast booth with Fox Sports Florida and the Miami Marlins.