The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Washington Nationals, two days after claiming him on revocable trade waivers.
The Nats, who acquired DeJesus on Monday after claiming him on waivers from the Cubs, will escape the approximately $2.5 million left on his contract, according to major-league sources.
A player who is claimed on waivers can be traded to the claiming team, dumped on that club or pulled back.
The DeJesus saga began Monday when the Nats acquired him from the Cubs, then almost immediately put him back on waivers, sources said.
DeJesus, 33, is owed just over $1 million for the rest of the season, and the Nats inherited his $6.5 million club option or $1.5 million buyout for 2014.
Rival executives, after seeing that DeJesus was back on waivers, speculated that the Nats wanted to clear his money.
The Cubs declined to pull back DeJesus after the Nationals claimed him on waivers, leading to the trade, sources said.
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