I speculated when the Cubs moved Junior Lake to center field that another move could be in the works.
I figured the Cubs had intentions on trading David DeJesus if he cleared waivers. It turns out it didn’t come to that. The Washington Nationals for whatever reason claimed DeJesus and the Cubs decided not to pull him back. Thus a PTBNL deal was consummated.
The Nats are set in their outfield with Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth. To clear room for DeJesus, they released outfielder Roger Bernadina. It was a curious move as the Nats are not really in contention, and they would have no reason to block another team from acquiring DeJesus.
Nats general manager Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post that he wanted DeJesus to improve the team’s bench. Seems more likely they didn't expect the Cubs to let DeJesus go.
“(DeJesus) improves our left-handed side of the bench immediately,” Rizzo said. “He’s also a guy that is capable of being an everyday player. He can step in there for extended periods of time if there are injuries. He helps us in a variety of ways".
“That was certainly a strong consideration,’’ general manager Jed Hoyer said of the contract. “You also have [Brian] Bogusevic coming back, and Ryan Sweeney coming back in September [fractured left rib]. It gives us a chance to look at those guys going into the offseason.”
DeJesus could be back next year as a potential fourth outfielder or platoon player.
“We really like David a lot. I’ve told his agent and Theo told him directly we’re willing to talk to him at some point about bringing him back,’’ Hoyer said. “I think he’s a good mentor for our young guys. I like his approach at the plate.
“For the [remaining] 39 games, we felt it was the right decision. But that doesn’t close the door on David with the Cubs in the future because there are a lot of things he does that we’d like to have in our clubhouse.’’
The Cubs front office has been able to not only boost their inventory of young players over the last month, but in addition, by shedding Alfonso Soriano, Matt Garza, and DeJesus they have been able to save a ton of cash.
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