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Nationals acquire David DeJesus from Cubs, release Roger Bernadina

Aug 19, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Mark Zuckerman of reports that the Nationals have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Cubs for a player to be named later.

Washington is 60-63 and 9.5 games out of a playoff spot, so the pickup obviously isn’t for this season. DeJesus’ contract includes a $6.5 million team option (or $1.5 million buyout) for next year, which isn’t a crazy price to pay for a decent regular like DeJesus, but the Nationals already have Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, and Denard Span seemingly locked in as their 2014 outfield.

DeJesus is a left-handed hitter, so he doesn’t really fit as a platoon partner for Span, and $6.5 million would be awfully expensive for a fourth outfielder. Since signing a two-year, $10 million deal with the Cubs last offseason the 33-year-old DeJesus has hit .258 with 15 homers and a .746 OPS in 232 games while seeing time in all three outfield spots.

To make room for DeJesus’ arrival the Nationals released Roger Bernadina, who had been serving as their left-handed-hitting fourth outfielder. He’s hit just .178 in 85 games this season, but came into the year as a career .252 hitter with a .692 OPS.

  1. Ben Cerow - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I think the real news here is that the Nationals acquired Kim DeJesus. Big win.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Wow. Yeah…big…big win. Thanks for the heads up Ben.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Oh, yeah, girls are gossipy.

    • classicfinder - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      I would sign her to a two way contract.

      • jyoung1891 - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        She looks like a five tools player to me.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Oh, dear. cur, I’m sorry for your loss. There’s apparently ice cream about, so maybe that will make you feel better.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      I am not following. Ben and I were just discussing the Nationals acquiring DeJesus.

  3. natslady - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Wonder why they didn’t do this a month ago.

    • sumerduckman - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Because they have a GM with his own version of reality.

      He built this team, so of course they are going to turn it around soon, and doesn’t have to add/change any pieces.

  4. fnc111 - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM


    Thank you


  5. Bar None - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    It’s pretty obvious that the PTBN is gonna be Bryce Harper. He’s washed up in Washington…

    • jwbiii - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      With his talent and pricetag, there’s no chance he’d clear waivers. Plus, there’s a rule (the logic I don’t understand) which says that the PTBNL cannot have played in the same league this season as the receiving team. So it can’t be Bernadina, either.

      • Bar None - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        I was joking. And I don’t think that is a PTBNL rule. I’ve seen the PTBNL be the player himself traded back to the team. As a true rental.

  6. chiadam - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Hmmmm…OK, but Kim is staying here in Chicago, right?

  7. knicksmets - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Solid pickup, won’t push them pass the braves or anyone but still a good trade that will help them next year, seems like a pretty good player

  8. simalex - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    The bench has been a complete disaster this season — this move can’t hurt.

  9. yahmule - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Eight more earned runs from Jordan Zimmermann tonight. I have to think a trip to the DL is coming.

  10. mississippimusicman - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    …aaaaannnnnnddd they’ve already put him back on waivers. Looks like buyer’s remorse.

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