Cubs trade David DeJesus to the Nationals
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Cubs Reporter August 19, 2013 2:23PM
Chicago Cubs' David DeJesus reacts after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: August 19, 2013 9:40PM
The Cubs traded outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals today for a player to be named later in a waiver deal that sends one of the Cubs’ few remaining veteran regulars across the diamond for the start of a four-game series between the teams at Wrigley Field this week.
The Cubs pick up $2.5 million guaranteed salary relief between this season and next in the trade for a player they sought to trade before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
A shoulder injury suffered in mid-June sidelined DeJesus through much of July.
It’s the sixth trade of a big-leaguer the Cubs have made since the start of July.
The Cubs primary leadoff hitter since being signed as a free agent before last season, DeJesus hit .250 for the Cubs this season with a .330 on-base percentage. He was their most consistent hitter with men in scoring position at 14-for-45 (.311) with 20 runs batted in.
The Nationals pick up the remaining $1 million of DeJesus 2013 salary as well as the 2014 option worth $6.5 million (or $1.5 million buyout).
The PTBNL is not expected to be a player of significant value.
The Cubs will fill out the roster by activating outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who had been on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.