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Nationals trade just-acquired David DeJesus to Rays

Aug 23, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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All that speculation about how the Nationals didn’t necessarily even want David DeJesus when they claimed him off waivers and then acquired him from the Cubs last week? Looks pretty spot, as they’ve now traded him to the Rays.

That means DeJesus’ stint with Washington lasted all of three games and four plate appearances, which makes general manager Mike Rizzo’s quotes about why he acquired the veteran outfielder pretty damn amusing.

DeJesus’ contract has a $6.5 million option or $1.5 million buyout for next season and the Nationals have a set outfield in Bryce Harper, Denard Span, and Jayson Werth, so it never made a whole lot of sense. However, in Tampa Bay he should play fairly regularly down the stretch (and possibly into the playoffs) and could have a sizable role for 2014.

DeJesus can play all three outfield spots and is usually good for an OPS around .750, including good on-base skills and modest power. Tampa Bay is sending Washington the standard player to be named later or cash considerations.

  1. edelmanfanclub - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Overall a decent player, hasn’t done much since he left KC but good for a WAR around 1 or 2. Not a bad pickup since they didn’t give up much.

  2. dondada10 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Go Rays!

  3. uyf1950 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    David don’t unpack yet the next train for parts unknown leaves in 6 hours.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      He called Adam Rosales about using his travel agent

      • esracerx46 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Travel agents still exist?

  4. uyf1950 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    “However, in Tampa Bay he should play fairly regularly down the stretch (and possibly into the playoffs) and could have a sizable role for 2014.”

    His splits are absolutely horrendous against LHP’ers the Rays might as well have a cardboard cutout standing in the batters box when it’s time for DeJesus to bat.

    • Ben Cerow - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Probably won’t play a lot against lefties, but decent splits against RHP’s. So he’ll play quite a bit against against righties, who are like 75% of MLB pitching, in other words… “he should play fairly regularly down the stretch”…

      • uyf1950 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Not sure your numbers are that accurate it’s probably closer to 60 or 65%. And against the teams in the AL East who they play most often it’s probably closer to 60%. And let’s remember they haven’t played the Angels yet this season and while the Angels are struggling they do have 2 very good lefties (CJ Wilson and Jason Vargas). I’m just not sure he’s going to get as much action as either you or the writer of the article thinks. We’ll see.

    • delsj - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      They don’t need him against lefties, they just signed Delmon Young.

  5. APBA Guy - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Plus, he’s got a good OBP against righties, so he may bat somewhere near the top of the order, .346 v RHP.

    This gives the Rays the flexibility to keep Zobrist at second with Joyce, DeJesus and Jennings in the OF and Myers at DH vs righties, plus numerous other matchup and rest possibilities.

    • buddaley - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I am guessing that Joyce goes to DH and DeJesus plays LF with Myers in RF. DeJesus is a pretty decent defensive outfielder while Joyce has struggled there this year. And I think the Rays want Myers to get as much time in the field as possible; he has been ok so far and will probably get better with experience.

  6. natstowngreg - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    It was odd to hear Rizzo talk about the Nats having another run at the playoffs, while Davey talked about looking at some guys in September. With the DeJesus and Suzuki deals, looks like Davey’s view is the operative one.

    Adam Kilgore tries to explain the DeJesus situation. If he’s confused, I’ll be damned if I know why this situation happened.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2013/08/23/nationals-trade-david-dejesus-to-rays/

  7. delusionalcubsfan - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    He’s a very solid player. Works counts, plays solid defense and is a good clubhouse guy. Should fit in well with the Rays and now he gets a real chance to help a playoff team. I still don’t understand why the Nationals traded for him in the first place though.

    • nolanwiffle - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      I was hoping to see his wife at Nats Park before the end of summer. Alas…..

  8. TheMorningStar - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    …while up in the Bronx Brain Cashman scratches his head in amazement thinking ” the Devil Rays traded for a halfway decent player and they did it wirhout having to eat half his contract like i had to with Vernon Wells??”

  9. coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Due to who he has played for…Royals, Cubs, and I don’t root for either, and they are not staples on national TV…I don’t think I have ever seen him hit. As much as I watch MLB.TV, and regional and national telecasts, that seems an impossibility. I have probably seen Jesus as much as DeJesus, and lord knows I haven’t seen Jesus much.

  10. sumerduckman - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Something about this smells. Mike Rizzo wouldn’t go to all this trouble just to keep the Braves from signing him, would he?

  11. acdc84 - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    My initial reaction was that WAS claimed him to block a team they’re chasing from picking him up for the home stretch, but after checking the standings it looks like WAS wont have to worry about chasing anyone for a playoff spot THIS year.

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