Nats place DeJesus back on waivers

Nats place DeJesus back on waivers
August 20, 2013, 2:00 pm
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DeJesus glad to be a Washington National

The circumstances of David DeJesus joining the Nationals on Monday were already unique, with the team playing in Chicago against the Cubs, DeJesus literally just had to walk across the field to join his new club. But now, after DeJesus made his Nats debut later that night, things are just getting weird.

DeJesus has been placed back on revocable waivers by the Nationals after just one plate appearance with the club. He can now be either traded to another team, retained by the Nats, or claimed by another organization.

Several theories on the move have emerged, including one by Ken Rosenthal who first had the report. He thinks the Nats are simply trying to shed his salary which amounts to $2.5 million for the rest of the season.

Rosenthal also says the Cubs would be interested in re-signing DeJesus in the offseason if whatever team he remains with declines his option for 2014. DeJesus currently has a $6.5 million team option for next season with a $1.5 million buyout.

On paper DeJesus makes at least some sense for Washington to keep. He is a proven left-handed bat and fills a hole left by the recently released Roger Bernadina. But perhaps the Nats could use an empty roster spot to bring up Ross Ohlendorf this week. Ohlendorf is set to return and take Taylor Jordan's place in the rotation. 

DeJesus has 11 MLB seasons under his belt with a career .279 average. This season he is batting .249 with six homers and 27 RBI through 85 games.

The Nats will find out Wednesday if DeJesus cleared waivers. If he is indeed sent elsewhere, it would be a bizarrely short tenure for the veteran in Washington.