Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/19/13
The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder David DeJesus in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The deal bolsters Washington's bench as it tries to make an improbable late run for a playoff spot. Coming into the day, the Nationals trailed Cincinnati by 9 1/2 games for the NL's second wild-card slot. The Cubs receive a player to be named. They also save about $2.5 million, including $1.5 million to buy out a 2014 option for $6.5 million. The 33-year-old DeJesus is batting .250 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games. He didn't have to go far to join his new team, with Washington opening a four-game series at Chicago on Monday night. The Cubs activated outfielder Brian Bogusevic from the 15-day disabled list to take DeJesus' roster spot, while the Nationals released outfielder Roger Bernardina.
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