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Rays acquire David DeJesus from Nationals

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

David DeJesus' tenure with the Nationals has already come to an end.
David DeJesus' tenure with the Nationals has already come to an end. (USATSI)

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The Nationals have traded David DeJesus to the Rays for cash considerations or a player to be named later, both teams announced. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported the deal and says DeJesus is expected to join Tampa Bay in time for Friday night's game.

DeJesus, 33, was just traded by the Cubs to the Nationals four days ago. He went 0-for-3 in three games with Washington after hitting .250/.330/.401 (100 OPS+) with six home runs and three stolen bases in 84 games for the Cubs The 11-year big league veteran owns a career .353 OBP and 106 OPS+.

There is approximately $2.5 million left on DeJesus' contract, broken down into $1 million for the remainder of this season plus a $1.5 million buyout of his $6.5 million club option for 2014. That's a pretty reasonable price, so it wouldn't be much of a surprise if the Rays decide to exercise the option after the season. Even if they don't keep him, he'd have trade value.

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