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FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this week that the Washington Nationals placed 33-year-old outfielder David DeJesus on waivers after they acquired the 11-year veteran from the Chicago Cubs. The Nationals claimed DeJesus off waivers then made a trade with the Cubs. Then, "The Nats placed DeJesus on revocable trade waivers almost immediately after acquiring him from the Chicago Cubs on Monday," according to Mr. Rosenthal's major league sources. The FOXSports.com reporter followed up on that news on Thursday, writing on Twitter that an unidentified team later revealed to be the Tampa Bay Rays 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, who signed a 2-year/$10M deal with the Cubs in November of 2011 is reportedly owed approximately $1M this year. His contract with Chicago included a $6.5M club option for 2014 or $1.5M buyout. "DeJesus has been claimed on revocable trade waivers by an unspecified team," Rosenthal wrote after the Rays claimed the outfielder, "giving the Nats the chance to escape the approximately $2.5 million left on his contract, according to major-league sources."
"The deadline for a resolution on DeJesus is 1 p.m. ET on Friday," the FOXSports.com reported added, leaving the Nationals with three options: The Nats could pull him back off waivers, allow the Rays to take him, or they could work out a trade with Tampa Bay.
With the deadline approaching, Tampa Bay Times' writer Marc Topkin said the two sides were close to a resolution:
A short time after the deadline to work out a deal passed, Mr. Topkin announced that a deal had been reached:
#Rays have acquired DeJesus.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 23, 2013
The Nationals then made the second move of the day official:
The #Nationals today traded OF David DeJesus to TBR in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 23, 2013
DeJesus was 0 for 3 in 4 plate appearances with the Nationals.
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