Nationals trade for and then waive David DeJesus

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

The month of August is always a strange one with waiver wire moves. Once a player is claimed a team can pull the player back and keep them, trade him to the claiming team or simply dumped on that club. I have a feeling the Chicago Cubs simply dumped David DeJesus on the Washington Nationals this weekend. The reason being the Nationals placed him right back on waivers after the trade.

The Nationals placed a claim on DeJesus and then acquired him for a player to be named when the Cubs declined to pull back the 10-year veteran, sources said.

A player claimed can be traded to the claiming team, dumped on that club or pulled back. A player who clears waivers can be traded to all 29 other clubs.

Rival executives, after seeing that DeJesus was back on waivers, speculated that the Nats want to clear his money (FOX Sports)

What I’m thinking happened is that the Nats made the claim on DeJesus to block him from another team. The reason being is he has a club option for next year at $6.5 million and would serve as a great utility/bench player for a contender, or better yet a division rival like the Atlanta Braves?

The strange thing though is that the Nats actually gave up a player to be named later. If they gave up a player for them why’d they put him back on waivers? General manager Mike Rizzo has said the team planned on using him as outfield depth so this is really confusing.

“(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.

“He’s really wearing out right-handed pitching right now. He’s a high on-base percentage guy in his career. A consummate professional hitter.” (FOX Sports)

Sadly I don’t know if any of us will know what the Nationals mindset really was.

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