From the Wire … Cubs Trade David DeJesus to Nationals for PTBNL

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs have traded David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals. The Cubs reportedly were looking to keep DeJesus with the team for the remainder of the season and were expected to pick up his option for the 2014 season. The Cubs will receive a player to be named later for DeJesus.

Brian Bogusevic will take DeJesus’ spot on the 25-man roster.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals the Nationals claimed DeJesus on waivers and will pay the remaining $1 million of David DeJesus’ $4.5 million contract for this season and are responsible for the $1.5 million buyout on the $6.5 million club option for next season.

The Cubs have confirmed the trade of David DeJesus to the Nationals for a player to be named later.

The Cubs open a four-game series against the Nationals at Wrigley Field on Monday night, so DeJesus will be in the visitor’s dugout for the next four days.

The Cubs signed David DeJesus to a two-year, $10 million contract in the fall of 2011. The contract included a $1.5 million buyout on a $6.5 million club option for 2014. DeJesus was the first free agent signed by the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer front office.

David DeJesus is the second player that Jed Hoyer has traded to the Nationals this season.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

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  • cubtex

    Yes!!!! I don’t really care what the return is. Lets get some better players in the outfield until the minor leaguers are ready.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I couldn’t agree more but I did like what I saw from Bogusevic and Sweeney.

      • cubtex

        I liked what I saw from Sweeney. Bogusevic…not so much.

        • JimBo_C

          Sweeney squared up the ball better than Bogusevic. Sweeney also plays better D when he is not running into walls. :-)

    • 07GreyDigger

      Looks like you get your wish… :)

  • Denver Mike

    Way to get the jump Neil, I just heard a tease on ESPN1000 about this, and while they were still at commercial I was able to check the CCO and get all the details I needed!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Mike, thanks man and sorry for the delay in responding. I try.

  • daverj

    I take this deal as an indication that the Cubs had no intention of exercising their option on DeJesus for 2014. It’s a bit of a “who cares” move as I suspect the PTBNL will be of little to no value. I’m not sure why the Nats were interested unless they like DeJesus as a $6.5 million back-up outfielder next season. Now they’ll have Hairston and DeJesus as their 4th and 5th outfielders next year.

    • cubtex

      The timing is strange. Nats are 60-63 and aren’t even close to the wild card. Why do they want him now?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Rizzo was on the radio yesterday and he thinks they still have a shot at one of the WC spots.

        • cubtex

          Aren’t they like 9 games out of the WC?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            That sounds right.

          • cubtex

            yea. I posted the standing above. They probable want him more for next year as a platoon or 4th outfielder.

        • cubtex

          Rizzo is being way optimistic if he thinks they are still in the WC
          Current standings. Top 2 teams get WC.

          Cards 71-52
          Reds 70-54
          Diamondbacks 64-58
          Nats 60-63

          They would need to play unbelievable ball over the next 39 games and hope the Reds and Cards tank.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Ray I thought of you when I heard that they still think they are in the WC race. Whether or not they think they are in it, what do you think about them viewing DeJesus as the missing piece!? LOLOL

          • cubtex

            The Nats fans I have been reading on other posts are scratching their heads on why they picked him up. Span, Werth and Harper. Where will he play? He is a 4 outfielder to them.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            “We’re making a run at the wild card and the guy to push us over the top is David DeJesus!” LOLOL

      • Tony_Hall

        I agree, I don’t see why the Nationals did this, but it also shows you the Cubs will make a move whenever they feel it will give them a benefit, either financially or in players.

    • Roe Skidmore

      Not in future plans with Sweeney & B.

      • Tony_Hall

        Sweeney is a FA.

  • Brp921

    Neil, do you have any ideas on a pool of players they may choose from. It seems to me if the FO wasn’t wanting to trade him that bad that maybe it could be a little better return than we might have expected for him.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I have not heard/read anything yet. I am with you, I am expecting a little more because from everything I was getting, they were not looking to trade him.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I think so too. They wouldn’t just give him away. That’s not their style. I would expect someone on the Adams level from the Soriano return. Shoot, Adams has pitched pretty well and in a few years he may have a role out of the bullpen. Overall, I’m glad they made the deal.

        If they don’t make a splash in free agency, hopefully the do resign Sweeney. With Sweeney, maybe Ellsbury, youngsters like Bryant and Baez coming up and our renewed pitching staff we could be competitive next year. Maybe not the postseason but .500 isn’t out of the question. If Arietta can play like he has and we resign Baker, and Shark plays more consistently than this year, we could be pretty good. As I’ve said before I believe Arietta is the key, either he or Vizcaino coming back healthy and starting. If Arietta does stay consistent, it will be amazing what a difference that trade will have made. If he can pitch up to his potential and be a #1 or #2 starter it changes the entire dynamic of whether or not we can compete.

        • cubtex

          Have you been watching this offense? .500 is way out of the realm of reality :)

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            With those youngsters coming up it could be. I’m talking abotu at least 2 of them in the lineup at some point next year. Arrieta pitching like he has, Shark more consistent and Vicaino returned to health. Strop inspiring fear in the 9th inning. It’s possible.

          • cubtex

            you are only mentioning pitchers. the offense is dreadful. what kind of bounce back can you expect from Rizzo and Castro. Hopefully some improvement…but to think Rizzo will start hitting over .300 with 30 HR and 100 RBI is not realistic.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I think Rizzo can be at .280 with 25-30 HR. Castro has had more good years than bad. If he can get back to the 200 hit machine, add in Alcantra and Bryant or Baez (maybe all 3), plus the pitching I’ve spoken about we could do it.

          • cubtex

            again. how do you see .280? Be realistic to where he is. He is barely in the .230’s now.Bryant won’t be in the majors next year. Baez will start in the minors and Alcantara is a complimentary player.

          • Tony_Hall

            I would be happy if Rizzo got back to 260/270. But his BABIP is so low this year, just by getting back to league average he could get up to 280

          • cubtex

            I just wish he would be consistent. Get more than an occasional hit. Let’s see a bunch of 2-4’s. 3-5’s. Hit with runners on base instead of looking for a walk.

          • Tony_Hall

            It’s is NOT looking for a walk. Please! Little league players go up looking for walks, backing out of the box while the pitch is on its way. Rizzo is looking for a pitch he can drive. Does he take a good pitch at times, of course, all players do when they are looking curveball and get a fastball or vice versa.

          • cubtex

            I think he is thrilled to take a walk with 2nd and 3rd and 1 out or 2 outs any time he can. He is a guess hitter. Look at his number ahead of the count and when he is even or behind the count. It will blow you away if you haven’t looked at it lately. That is why he gets so upset when a borderline 1-0 pitch is called a strike.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      From Ken Rosenthal:

      The Cubs were willing to make the trade for a player to be named rather than pull back DeJesus from waivers because the deal will save them about $2.5 million. In addition, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Ryan Sweeney are close to coming off the DL.

      http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/washington-nationals-david-dejesus-chicago-cubs-trade-081913

      • Brp921

        Thanks Neil. That makes sense, with what they’ve been doing…saving a little here and there, like with the Soriano deal. It will be interesting to see the outcome of what they plan to do with the dollars they’ve saved.

        • triple

          I wouldn’t count on them doing any spending on big name/high cost free agents. I would think this money would get piped back into a FA who is low cost/high reward on a 1-year contract. Or maybe it actually gets spent towards a decent veteran reliever who can help to stabilize the bullpen.

          • cubtex

            Or could this mean they will make a run at Ellsbury? I would have rather had Bourne but they need speed and a leadoff hitter.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I don’t like the idea of adding Ellsbury. I believe Borus is his agent and he will demand tooo much money.

          • Brp921

            I don’t know what the plans are in free agency this year or trades in the off season but with the way Bryant is tearing up in each level he’s been at this year and since he is an advanced college prospect, I could see him forcing the Cubs hand and making the team out of spring training next year, if he continues the pace he’s on. If that were to happen they will need some protection hitting behind him to insure he gets some pitches to hit so his confidence wouldn’t be hurt by getting every pitchers best stuff every time he’s at the plate. Maybe that could be why they are trying to stockpile any dollars they can.

          • 07GreyDigger

            With Bryant playing in high A now, I think he’ll need to play at AA and AAA before they advance him to the majors. Removing two OF spots gives them flexibility next season for guys like Baez and Olt.

          • Brp921

            I would imagine they would like him to have more games under his belt before starting his clock but you never know.

          • John_CC

            Bryant is doing great, yes, but he hasn’t even had 100 ABs in A ball yet. He is not going to make the ML team next spring.

          • Brp921

            I’m not saying he will but stranger things than an exceptional college bat spending less than a full year in the minors have happened. If he continues on the pace he’s on and excels in spring training then I would say his staying in the minors would not be set in stone. That’s all I’m saying.

          • triple

            Yes, I agree with you there… even stranger than an exceptional college bat spending less than a full year in the minors is that Albert Pujols only played one year in community college and then one year in single A and then already was an immediate impact player at the age of 21. To name 3 other young studs who spent around 1 year in the minors before making an immediate impact with their major league teams: Buster Posey, Mike Trout, and Bryce Harper. In a time when team’s young best prospects are quickly making it to the big leagues, I don’t think it’s way off base to consider Bryant playing at Wrigley at some point in the 2014 season, even on opening day. But I certainly wish he would’ve signed his contract with the Cubs immediately, because who knows where that extra month of development would have him right now.

            Disclaimer: in now way am I implying that I think Kris Bryant will be the same type success story as Albert.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            If he bats .400 and hits 8 bombs in spring training it will be tough to not let him stay. But Tony made a point the other day which is valid and that is about Villanueva, he has quietly put together a solid season at the plate and his defense is exceptional. I could see him as a factor next year as well.

            Olt, Villanueva, Bryant, Baez, Alcantra, Ha…these guys all could play a factor next year.

          • cubtex

            I agree.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I thought you said they need guys in the middle of the order who can hit. Please make up your mind!

          • cubtex

            They need help anywhere and everywhere! Where do you think they are set? lol

          • triple

            You know I’ll never get your love affair with Bourn… the only 2 areas his stats are nicer than DeJesus’s are his RBI’s and runs scored, and that’s because he’s got better players surrounding him in the lineup. And as far as his speed impact, he gets caught stealing 35% of the time. In a sense he gets caught stealing at about the same percentage that the Cardinals excel at hitting with RISP.

            Would Jacoby Ellbury be a good pickup? I think so, but it is a big gamble, and I’m sure there will be a high price tag. Can it be worth it? Yes, but with some BIG ifs. Health being the first concern. A eminent decline in speed is another. And what’s up with his power? Did he just dabble in PED’s for a year, or was he was just healthy and locked in? Why I think he’d be a good pickup… That gives them a solid leadoff hitter and base stealer, good defensive CF, and a veteran presence who only leaves 2 other positions in need of being filled over the next 2-4 years in some combination of Almora, Soler, Lake (probably destined as super utility player), or maybe even Baez, Olt, or Bryant, depending how and where these guys develop as players.

            Let me be clear though, if the FO is planning on any big splash sort of signing, I doubt it is Ellsbury. Like I said in my earlier post, I believe the bullpen will be a much higher area of concern than their outfield. But yes, I certainly hope there is some sort of offensive player brought in who can shake up what is happening in the middle of our lineup.

          • cubtex

            Look. Am I an Ellsbury fan? No. Do I think he will help the Cubs make the playoffs next year or 2015? No. Will the Cubs be more tolerable and entertaining with better players until they are ready to compete? That is what I am saying. To suck on the mlb for 2 more years is unacceptable. Who cares if they spend 15 mil on a CF instead of 6 mil. This is a big market and won’t handcuff the future.

          • 07GreyDigger

            That’s assuming they have limitless dollars to spend. We don’t know what Ricketts has to spend. Don’t forget he’s spending $300 million of his own money to renovate a stadium that likely will be over budget. He may say, to limit spending on the baseball side until its completed. He’s also still paying loans back he used to buy the team. That’s a lot of debt in one place. So Ricketts may not be inclined to spend $15 million a guy who they don’t need yet.

          • cubtex

            What is their projected payroll for next year? Cmon Greydigger. They are saving 6.8 on Soriano and now 6 on DeJesus. Spend a little of that pocket change to improve the product.

          • John_CC

            Technically they saved 2.5M on DeJesus, 1M this year and 1.5 on his buyout.

          • cubtex

            you are right. I was assuming if they picked up his option.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I’d rather they make a couple of moves than just one. Like I said, signing an injury prone guy to play OF in a park with brick walls does not sound like a sound business move.

          • cubtex

            OK. As long as they spend. Just improve the product! It is beyond words how bad the mlb team is. How many AAAA players have been on their roster this year?

          • 07GreyDigger

            I agree there. We told my dad we’d take him to a Cubs game this year and he didn’t even want to go because their so bad. But I want them to spend their money wisely and not blow it all because the fans want them too.

            Look how well that worked out for the White Sox this season.

          • cubtex

            Your dad deserves to see a better team until they compete. He has struggled with the Cubs for years and they don’t need to be this bad. I haven’t looked at the numbers….but what is the projected payroll? It has to be ridiculously low. No Garza, part of Soriano gone, No Marmol. They have money to improve the team without blocking the future.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I think Ellsbury would be solid. I like his power numbers as he ages and his speed declines. For the next two years he could be a speed guy at the top of the lineup, then he can bulk up an be a run producer in the later years of this contract. He is very dynamic and flexible. I believe that his power numbers have suffered because of his focus on speed and getting on base/playing better defense. Move him to the corner and bulk him up and I see those power number going back up where they were the year he hit 32 HR. Maybe not quite 32, but he could get back to the 25 area.

  • Roe Skidmore

    Hope we get a good young catching prospect in return, we have a shortage in minors. Glad for DeJesus, class act.

  • cc002600

    wow, surprised.
    I’ll miss Kim more than David. :-)

    Oh well.

  • cubtex

    For the PTBNL…I heard the Cubs have a choice between 2 of the 4 Racing Presidents. Lincoln and Washington are off limits but they can get Roosevelt or Jefferson. I personally would go for Theodore :)

    • Brp921

      Roosevelt, are you crazy? Go with Jefferson!

      • RynoTiger

        you’re both wrong. I’ve heard that Bryce Harper and Strausburg are definitely a part of the PTBNL pool to choose from. Glad to know we can get a good return like that on DeJesus.

  • cubtex

    I just thought of this Could this mean they will make a run at Jacoby Ellsbury in the offseason? It makes sense now. CF and leadoff hitter.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I hope not. Just what we need a guy that can leadoff and smashes to pieces if a bug files in his direction.

      • Denver Mike

        Who is also 30 years old, too risky for me because if his legs go what else does he have to offer? Plus I fully expect a 5-6 year deal for Ellsbury which makes the risk even higher.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          He has power. If his legs go he can bulk up and hit 25 HR.

          • cubtex

            It doesn’t work like that :)

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            It can, he can be a wiry speed guy or a bulkier power guy. He has before and I believe he can again.

          • cubtex

            kind of like Brady Anderson? :)

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Without the PED’s…

          • Tony_Hall

            Are you saying guys don’t hit 50 HR’s from less than 10 without a little assistance….

          • Denver Mike

            I am :)

          • Denver Mike

            He had power one year in his entire career. These are not the numbers of someone who just needs to bulk up to me:

            2005 (A-): 139AB 1HR
            2006 (A+ AA): 442AB 7HR
            2007 (AA AAA MLB): 600B 5HR
            2008 (MLB): 554AB 9HR
            2009 (MLB): 624AB 8HR
            2010 (AA AAA MLB): 110AB 0HR
            2011 (MLB): 660AB 32HR
            2012 (AA AAA MLB): 330AB 5HR
            2013 (MLB): 500AB 7HR

            I would be more interested in what he was doing/taking in 2011 because those HR numbers are pretty alarming, and a huge deviation from the norm.

          • Denver Mike

            I had to count three times to make sure I was reading my own stats correctly, but my eyes did not fool me. In 2011 he had 32HR in 660AB (1 HR every 20.6AB), in the other 8 years of his career combined he has only hit 42HR in 3299AB (1 HR every 78.5AB). He must have pulled an Arian Foster and went Vegan that year or something.

            Not trying to bust your chops boardrider, I just couldn’t believe the stats myself until they were put in front of me.

      • cubtex

        It gets you thinking a little though with Theo’s and Ellsbury’s relationship?

        • 07GreyDigger

          Because of Boston? Every rumor that’s Cubs oriented is always Boston oriented. I don’t think he’ll go after the guy if he didn’t go after Bourn. They’re the same player. Besides, if they win 65 games this year, what is Ellsbury going to do? Help them win 70?

          • cubtex

            yes because of Boston. How many FO execs did he hire from Boston? Did he trade for Rizzo because of Boston?

          • 07GreyDigger

            Did he sign DeJesus, Baker, Feldman, Navarro, Valbuena, Jackson and Villanueva because of Boston?

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Ellsbury’s stats are better than Bourn’s. Bourn has never touched the ceilings that Ellsbury has reached.

          • Tony_Hall

            And look at Bourn’s stats this year….the decline is on.

            269/319/357 DeJesus like but much more expensive.

            17 SB’s 9 CS….his speed is fading away.

          • cubtex

            So if a player is performing under his norm in his first year…he is declining? Is EJax declining? They are the same age :)
            Look at how well Cleveland is playing this year. Some of that is attributed to Bourn with his CF defense, and leadoff abiltiy.

          • Tony_Hall

            Jackson is a year younger….

            And not necessarily, but in Bourne’s case his legs are his biggest asset, he isn’t going to become better as his legs slow down.

            And Jackson isn’t getting better, that’s for sure. But pitchers can get better in their 30’s, where hitters very rarely do.

          • Tony_Hall

            Cleveland will be watching the playoffs….same as the Cubs.

          • cubtex

            regardless…he has helped them make a run this year. no pun intended

    • Tom U

      Theo already has his Ellsbury clone in Jacob Hannemann. If he is physically sound, watch to see if they have Hannemann play in the AFL, with an eye toward a quick promotion from Daytona to Tennessee in the beginning of 2014.

      • cubtex

        He is 3 years away….at least. Get some better fillers than the DeJesus types is all I am saying. I am not an Ellsbury fan but they need a true leadoff hitter. They need some more team speed. They need a middle of the order bat. Let’s just put it this way…..they need upgrades almost everywhere. :)

        • 07GreyDigger

          I’d take that middle of the order bat first. Why have a great leadoff guy with no one to drive him in.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I like Hannemann as well. Good insight, but as Ray says he is a few years away.

  • Tom U

    This could be an opportunity to add Jae-Hoon Ha to the 40 man roster in order to give him a September call-up.

    Ha is swinging a hot bat, as he is hitting .316 wit 2 HR and 6 RBI in his last 10 games.

    Ha is also batting .313/.361/.493/.854 in August

    • cubtex

      would like to see that.

      • Tony_Hall

        Didn’t I just suggest Ha this morning…..

        • cubtex

          I asked about Ha a week ago to Neil and Tom

          • texcubnut

            Really, guys???

        • Tom U

          You guys are arguing about who said what when? Classic!

          • cubtex

            He acted like he didn’t recall me asking you about Ha and what you thought of him as a CF. It wasn’t an argument. :)

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Hey I asked about Ha, I believe a week and a half ago! So I beat you both my friends!

          • Tony_Hall

            Ha Ha

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            You leave my boy Loux alone Ray! He is down on his luck at the moment but don’t you count him out!

          • cubtex

            What about Loux? I haven’t heard you bring him up in awhile :)

          • Tony_Hall

            Not really, we just talked about certain players to call up this morning, and he didn’t like any of the names I listed, including Ha.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I approve of this.
      Mainly because I can just reply “Ha!” after every at-bat, and you won’t know if I am happy with his performance or just laughing at something stupid.

  • John_CC

    This one’s for you, tex:

    DeJesus originally signed a two-year, $10MM contractwith the Cubs prior to the 2012 season. In 232 games with Chicago, he batted .258/.343/.403. Fangraphs pegs his value as a Cub at 3.1 wins above replacement, suggesting that despite his injuries, he was well worth the money the Cubs invested.

    • cubtex

      not saying his contract was bad. just thought he was not a starting outfielder. one other point….doesn’t fangraphs also say that Soriano’s contract was in line with his production as well :)

      • John_CC

        If you say so, that’s fine. I wasn’t hung up on Soriano’s contract. In fact I maintain that complaining about how much a player makes is quite foolish and pointless.

        • cubtex

          i agree with that statement. I just like to complain about how bad a player is :)

      • 07GreyDigger

        Just read that management and DeJesus are open to him re-signing. Looks like you don’t get your wish…

        • cubtex

          that would be like that Greek Mythology punishment about rolling a boulder up a mountain and just before it gets to the top…it falls down and you have to do it again and again for eternity :)

    • CubbyDenCritic

      on the other hand…..he was injured at times….his first season ended in a 100 plus losses…..and his second season was also a failure as a team member with lack of getting on base……….if David was a club house leader, his tutoring with Starlin Castro did not pay off.

      • 07GreyDigger

        But it was Soriano who took him under his wing! Look at the job he did! He did great! I’m so sad he’s gone!

        • CubbyDenCritic

          I am glad Soriano is gone…he had his time to win and could not do it……yeah, Soriano hit the long ball and was on hot streaks at times….but Soriano also played bad defense and was awful in the playoffs…..hopefully, players like Soler, Almora and baez will make you forget Soriano, Sosa, Kingman, Dawson and others who failed to give the Cubs a WS title.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            You take that back about Dawson!!!!! The Hawk was my boyhood idol. I sent him two baseball cards and a letter with no self addressed return envelope and he signed the cards and mailed them back to me! Not only was he a great person but one helluva ballplayer. His numbers were deflated because of the PED surge but he was an all-time great. And he had that time in Montreal that ate up his knees.

            I will never forget about Dawson!!!!

          • cubtex

            Loved the Hawk! Class act!

      • John_CC

        that doesn’t make any sense.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I bet Brett Jackson might get his confidence back and become more positive knowing there is a CF spot open in 2014 Spring Training with DeJesus gone………….maybe a few more players will be gone….Gregg and Barney comes to mind.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Barney isn’t going anywhere unless he has a resurgent couple of months and they move him for a good return. Even if he’s not a starter, he’s a valuable middle infielder. I know that now after watching Cody Ransom all season. Yuck!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    When it is all said and done, I see only Rizzo as being part of Championship team…………if we get there in 2017.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Maybe Castro. Arrieta, Strop and maybe Shark

  • cubtex

    Question for anyone….With the transactions this year and some payroll clearing…..What is the projected payroll for next year?

    • Tony_Hall

      Very, very low. Around $40M right now, is my quick estimate.

      • cubtex

        That is what I thought. Thank you. Money to improve the team. Not huge splashes but they can get better fillers at least.

        • Tony_Hall

          Remember many spots are going to be filled by young guys who are cheap and cost controlled guys like Castro and Rizzo. They will have the ability to spend where needed.

          Also I didn’t factor in guys like Soler and such that have an effect on the number without being on the 25 man roster.

  • texcubnut

    It’s too bad the Rangers didn’t put a claim in on DeJesus. They still need outfielders and we probably could have gotten a better return for him although we still don’t know what we will get from the Nats.

    • cubtex

      He never got to the Rangers. Nats have a worse record.

      • Tony_Hall

        And in the other league.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    This trade surprised me a bit…I have to do the ol’ wait-and-see what the FO gets back for him, and if that asset either becomes something or gets packaged in a trade for someone of quality.
    Not that I care that much if Dejesus is a Cub, but more that on a young (and getting younger) team, veteran bench/4th-OF that are quality influences (by all accounts) in the clubhouse, can be fairly valuable.
    I will say that I do appreciate Team Thoyer not insulting the collective intelligence of the Cubs Faithful, and continuing to trot out Dejesus as a starting OF. By trading for a PTBNL, you basically admit this guy isn’t a starter.

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