Do the Washington Nationals truly want David DeJesus? We're about to find out.
The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed DeJesus on revocable trade waivers, giving the Nats the chance to escape the approximately $2.5 million left on his contract, according to major-league sources.
The deadline for a resolution on DeJesus is 1 p.m. ET on Friday. A player who is claimed 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 Chicago 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.
The Nats are set in the...