Cubs Deal David DeJesus to Nationals for Player to Be Named

Outfielder was one of Epstein's first signings in 2011 offseason

By James Neveau
|  Monday, Aug 19, 2013  |  Updated 4:01 PM CDT
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Cubs Deal DeJesus to Nationals for Player to Be Named

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Chicago Cubs center fielder David DeJesus misses an RBI double hit by Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Hanigan during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

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Despite being safe after the July 31st trade deadline, outfielder David DeJesus was still sent packing on Monday, being dealt from the Chicago Cubs to the Washington Nationals in exchange for a player to be named later.

DeJesus, who has dealt with some injuries this season, has still put together a respectable campaign, hitting six home runs and driving in 27 runs while batting .250 for the Cubs. He has also clubbed 19 doubles and three triples on the campaign.

DeJesus originally came to the Cubs back in 2011, and was one of the first players to be signed under the new regime of President Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer. He was slotted to play right field and bat leadoff for the club, and he did a fine job in that position, only making two errors in one of the most difficult outfielders for a player to patrol in the majors.

In 2013, DeJesus ended up playing a vast majority of his games in center field, with Nate Schierholtz coming in during the offseason as a regular right fielder. In addition to that, prospect Junior Lake has come up and played very well at times for the Cubs, meaning that DeJesus had more value as a trade chip rather than a piece to build around.

DeJesus has a $6 million team option for next season. Ironically, he will be in a position to face his former team immediately, as the Nationals are in town to take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field this week. 

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