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Nationals trade just-acquired David DeJesus to Rays

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 19: David DeJesus #4 of the Washington Nationals salutes the Chicago Cubs’ dugout during batting practice before their game at Wrigley Field on August 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. DeJesus was traded from the Cubs to the Nationals earlier in the day for a player to be named later. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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All that speculation about how the Nationals didn’t necessarily even want David DeJesus when they claimed him off waivers and then acquired him from the Cubs last week? Looks pretty spot, as they’ve now traded him to the Rays.

That means DeJesus’ stint with Washington lasted all of three games and four plate appearances, which makes general manager Mike Rizzo’s quotes about why he acquired the veteran outfielder pretty damn amusing.

DeJesus’ contract has a $6.5 million option or $1.5 million buyout for next season and the Nationals have a set outfield in Bryce Harper, Denard Span, and Jayson Werth, so it never made a whole lot of sense. However, in Tampa Bay he should play fairly regularly down the stretch (and possibly into the playoffs) and could have a sizable role for 2014.

DeJesus can play all three outfield spots and is usually good for an OPS around .750, including good on-base skills and modest power. Tampa Bay is sending Washington the standard player to be named later or cash considerations.

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