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Nationals place newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus on waivers

Aug 19, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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Well, this is strange. According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Nationals “almost immediately” placed outfielder David DeJesus on revocable waivers after they acquired him from the Cubs this afternoon.

Some have speculated that the waiver claim was a mistake, but that seems highly unlikely since a trade was agreed upon and DeJesus wasn’t simply dumped by the Cubs. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times speculates that perhaps they claimed/traded for him as an effort to keep him from getting to a rival team. Whatever the motivation was, the 60-64 Nationals now appear set to attempt to flip him elsewhere if possible.

DeJesus, 33, is still owed a little over $1 million this season while his contract includes a $6.5 million club option for 2014 or a $1.5 million buyout.

  1. misterj167 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I never know what’s going on

  2. scdocal - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Sounds like a Rizzo move. I mean he is the best GM out there.

  3. stephenolszewski - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM


  4. Walk - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Wonder how roger bernadina fells about this?

  5. Walk - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    or how he feels even.

  6. insidefastball - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    This is different

  7. edelmanfanclub - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    They probably claimed him to block him from the Dbacks, Reds, or St. Louis.

    • jwbiii - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Doubtful. All of the lower ranking NL teams passed on him and they presumably will again. Essentially the Dbacks, Reds, and Cards get the first shot at him.

    • Marty McKee - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      No way Jocketty wants this guy. What can he do that Ludwick, Heisey, Paul, and Robinson can’t do? (Even admitting that those four haven’t done a lot so far)

  8. skerney - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    Brian Sabean is double checking his calender, making sure it’s not actually Christmas.

  9. kindasporty - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    This might just be an amazingly smart move. By claiming him on waivers when he might have passed through, they take on all his money and give up what will probably be a non prospect. But if they were the only team to make a claim, then when they put him on waivers and he clears, then they can pick up part of his salary and trade him for a better prospect while only costing them a little money and a minor leaguer. Of course it could blow up in their face, but worst case scenario, they have a decent player the rest of the season and it gives the fans the impression they’re not giving up which helps to sell tickets.

  10. deepstblu - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    It’s “Flip This Outfielder,” Mondays at 3:30/2:30 Central on MLB!

    • dondada10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Are they going to give DeJesus a make-over first? Frost his tips?

  11. sumerduckman - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I have a cunning plan m’lord.

    • yahmule - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM


    • Walk - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Tony robinson quote, that made my day.

  12. chiadam - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Was he at his innings limit for the year?

  13. felser - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Just procedural, why not place everyone you have on revocable waivers just to keep your options open just in case? Can’t hurt.

  14. bigmeechy74 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I hate you

  15. twilson962 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Odd move… I guess

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