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Nationals Acquire David DeJesus From Cubs For PTBNL: What They're Saying...

The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs made another trade today, with the Nats acquiring OF David DeJesus in return for a PTBNL. The Nats were in the market for a left-handed bench bat at the Trade Deadline. They reportedly claimed DeJesus on waivers before the deal.

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The Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that they had acquired 33-year-old outfielder David DeJesus from the Chicago Cubs in return for a player to be named later. DeJesus, an 11-year veteran, signed a 2-year/$10M free agent deal with the Cubs in November of 2011, which paid him $4.5M in 2012-13 and included a $6.5M club option for 2014 or a $1.5M buyout. As FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal notes, Washington claimed DeJesus on waivers before the two teams worked out a deal. Trading DeJesus to the Nationals will save the Cubs some money:

MLB.com's Bill Ladson speculated on Twitter after the deal that DeJesus will be the Nationals' no.1 pinch hitting option off the bench:

The MLB.com Nats beat writer noted in a recent post that Roger Bernadina, who was released today to make room on the roster for DeJesus, had been a disappointment for the team this season, writing that, ".. he not only has problems swinging the bat, but Bernadina has made some fundamental mistakes on the bases," and, "As one evaluator put it, '[general manager Mike] Rizzo has never been a fan of Bernadina’s.'"

CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman likes the deal for the Cubs since it saves them significant money:

He also noted that it fills a hole the Nationals have been trying to fill:

According to reports from Wrigley Field, where the Nationals and Cubs starta three-game series tonight, DeJesus has already said his goodbyes and switched sides:

And as CSNWashington.com's Mr. Zuckerman notes, Bernadina was the longest-tenured player in the organization before he was released today: