Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo broke down the Nats' options with outfielder David DeJesus when he spoke to 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s Holden Kusher and Danny Rouhier yesterday on the eponymous "Mike Rizzo Show."
"We've got him for the remainder of this season and we have a club option for him next year at $6.5M," the 52-year-old GM and President of Baseball Operations explained. "It gives us six weeks or so to evaluate him, see how he fits on the club and see if he wants to be here and if we want him to be here. There's a lot of different ways to go. We could always do some negotiating with him beforehand and come to an agreement beyond the $6.5M next year or buy him out if we don't want to pay him $6.5M next year or put him through waivers this year and see if there's someone interested in him and trade him to somebody else this year or in the winter."
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal had previously reported that the Nationals placed DeJesus on waivers as soon as they acquired the 33-year-old outfielder from the Cubs by claiming him on waivers and then working out a trade with Chicago. "The Nats placed DeJesus on revocable trade waivers almost immediately after acquiring him from the Chicago Cubs on Monday, according to major league sources," Mr. Rosenthal wrote. The bow-tied FOXSports.com reporter followed up on that report this morning when he wrote on Twitter that an unidentified team had claimed DeJesus:
Sources: DeJesus claimed on revocable waivers by unspecified team. If #Nationals want out of his remaining $2.5M, this is their chance.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 22, 2013
#Nationals can pull DeJesus back, dump him on claiming club or work out a trade. Deadline for resolution is 1 p.m. ET tomorrow.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 22, 2013
DeJesus is owed approximately $1M this year with a $1.5M buyout. "DeJesus has been claimed on revocable trade waivers by an unspecified team," Rosenthal writes in his article on the latest waiver claim, "giving the Nats the chance to escape the approximately $2.5 million left on his contract, according to major-league sources."
According to Mr. Rosenthal, "The deadline for a resolution on DeJesus is 1 p.m. ET on Friday." The Nationals' options? They can pull him back off waivers, allow the team that claimed him to take on his deal or work out a deal with the team that claimed him.
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