Nationals trade for DeJesus, release Bernadina

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals have acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Cubs for a player to be names later according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

DeJesus, 33, is batting .250/.330/.401 this season. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 106 across parts of 11 major-league seasons. DeJesus is capable of playing all three outfield positions and this season has manned center on a regular basis.

The acquisition of DeJesus, who has a $6.5M team option for 2014, is a curious one due to the fact that the Nationals have three solid starting outfielders in Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth. With the acquisition of the DeJesus, the Nationals released fourth outfielder Roger Bernadina. DeJesus is known for his defense and can play all three outfield positions.

Bernadina has struggled in his part-time role this season. In 84 games and 152 AB, Bernadina has two home runs, six RBI, 12 BB, 44 SO with a .178 AVG and a .247 OBP.

For the Cubs, it also means that rookie Junior Lake will be the center fielder for the rest of the season. To take DeJesus' spot, the Cubs activated Brian Bogusevic from the 15-Day DL. Bogusevic has been nagged by a hamstring injury that has kept him out since mid-July.

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