The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named at a later date. The move is certainly interesting in that it could turn into a huge mistake, as DeJesus was most definitely a favorite among the loyal Cubs fan base.
“I was very surprised, but you have to make the best of it,” DeJesus said on Monday, according to ESPNChicago.com.
The 33-year-old signed with Chicago prior to the 2012 Major League Baseball season. During his time with the cubs, the 10-year veteran batted .258 with 15 home runs, 77 RBI, 47 doubles and 11 triples in 790 at-bats. DeJesus was batting .250 with six home runs and 27 RBI with Chicago this season prior to his trade on Monday.
With a $6.5 million club option for the 2014 season and age certainly catching up with him it is no wonder why the Cubs decided to part ways with DeJesus. With that being said, it is just another move in which the team acquired a player for a year or two and then get rid of him. It is certainly frustrating for a fan base when the organization does not stick with any of the players that they bring in to improve the quality of the team.
It is believed that the Nationals traded for DeJesus to improve their depth in the outfield and have a solid bat off the bench to go after right-handed pitching. With that being said, Washington is way out of the postseason race as they are currently 15.5 games back in the National League East and 9.5 games back in the NL Wild Card race.