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Cubs trade David DeJesus to the Nationals

Chicago Cubs' David DeJesus reacts after striking out during first inning baseball game against St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Saturday Aug.

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)

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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.

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