David DeJesus Bounces From Cubs to Nats To Rays In Waiver Trades

The Deal
David DeJesus

David DeJesus (Photo by Tony Farlow)

Even though David DeJesus was the first free agent signing by incoming general manager Jed Hoyer in November 2011, the Cubs didn’t hesitate to trade the 33-year-old outfielder when the Nationals claimed him on waivers on Aug. 19. Chicago received cash considerations from Washington, but more pertinently, they saved the remainder of DeJesus’ $4.25 million salary—an estimated $708,000 per month—plus his $1.5 million buyout for 2014.

By trading away veterans like DeJesus, Chicago has saved more than $10.5 million on its 2013 payroll.

The Nationals immediately placed DeJesus back on waivers, but once again he failed to clear, with the AL wild card-leading Rays making the claim this time. Tampa Bay has pledged to send a player to be named (or cash considerations) to Washington, with Rays correspondent Marc Topkin reporting the PTBN will come form a list of five players. GM Mike Rizzo reportedly has his heart set on one of two Tampa Bay pitching prospects.

Update: The Nationals acquired 22-year-old lefthander Matt Spann from the Rays to complete the deal (Sept. 19).

 

Nationals Acquire

Matt Spann, lhp
Age:
22.
Career Transactions: Selected by Rays in 25th round of 2010 draft; signed June 11, 2010.

Club Lg Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
Bowling Green MWL LoA 4 3 2.87 19 4 2 60 67 5 21 35 3.17 5.28 1.47

 

A 6-foot-7 lefty drafted out of high school in Columbia, Tenn., three years ago, Spann began and finished this season in the Bowling Green bullpen. He missed a few more bats in relief than he did in the rotation—13.7 percent vs. 12.9 percent—but Spann’s peripherals overall remained steady.

 

Rays Acquire

David DeJesus, lf/cf
Age:
33. Bats: L.
Remaining Commitment: Prorated portion of $4.25 million salary for 2013, plus $1.5 million buyout of 2014 option.

Year Club Lg AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG OPS
2011 Oakland AL .240 131 442 60 106 20 5 10 46 45 86 4 .323 .376 .699
2012 Chicago NL .263 148 506 76 133 28 8 9 50 61 89 7 .350 .403 .753
2013 Chicago NL .250 84 284 39 71 19 3 6 27 29 55 3 .330 .401 .731
2013 Washington NL .000 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

 

The well-traveled DeJesus—he’s played for five clubs since 2010—presents his employer with on-base skills versus righties (.345 OBP this year; .366 career) and a solid glove in the outfield, making him an ideal top-of-the-order option to pair with a righty-hitting left fielder. He’s in good hands now, seeing as few teams platoon as proficiently as the Rays.

 

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