Found August 19, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later, and in a corresponding move, have released outfielder Roger Bernadina. The 33-year old DeJesus is a pretty solid player, yet this trade makes no sense to me from Washington's point of view. Bryce Harper has an outfield spot locked down for years in DC. Jayson Werth's contract is so awful that the Nationals couldn't move him if they wanted to (not that they would, since Werth has been playing some pretty good baseball lately). That leaves Denard Span as the odd man out, but Span is four years younger than DeJesus and signed through next season with an option for 2015. DeJesus has an option on his deal for next season at $6.5 million. Essentially, this is a depth move for next year, but paying a bench player $6.5 million is ludicrous, especially for a team that already has $81 million committed to next year's payroll and as many as nine pl...
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