UPDATE (August 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM ET): The Rays have acquired David DeJesus from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
The Rays have signed OF Delmon Young, according to reports. Young was released by the Phillies earlier in the season when they claimed OF Casper Wells off waivers. Also, the Rays have claimed OF David DeJesus off of waivers from the Washington Nationals today, as the Nationals can now either try to trade DeJesus to the Rays, pull him off of waivers and keep him, or let him go to the Rays for no return. Obviously, it seems as if the Rays are targeting outfielders.
The Rays outfield depth hasn't been terrible this season, but they still have to put a third of their team in the outfield every game. In a tight pennant race like their AL East, teams need depth to be able to pull off the biggest wins.
How will both DeJesus and Young fit on the Rays roster? I believe that if the Rays can pull off a trade with the Nationals, DeJesus gets the nod over Young, as he holds a 1.6 WAR, compared to a -1.2 WAR Young produces.
We will have to see how David DeJesus to the Rays plays out, but for now, they have made a depth move in signing Delmon Young. To put it nicely, the Phillies failed an experiment with Young, but maybe a change in senery will help him turn it around. He has a lot to prove.