CHICAGO — The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder David DeJesus on trade waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Monday morning, adding the left-handed outfielder to their bench. The Nationals will send a player to be named to the Cubs in exchange for DeJesus.
In order to clear space on the active roster for DeJesus, the Nationals released outfielder Roger Bernadina.
The move bolsters the left-handed side of the Nationals’ bench, which has been lacking in production this season, and also severs ties with one of the longest tenured members of the organization. Bernadina was one of few remaining players in the organization who was a part of the Montreal Expos regime.
Ian Desmond is now one of few players left in the organization who has been with them since the team was the Expos.
After a strong season off the bench for the Nationals in 2012, Bernadina hit just .178 this season with a .247 on-base percentage. His athletic ability was always obvious, and he became a fan favorite for making some last-gasp catches in the outfield, but Bernadina’s playing time had waned significantly and the Nationals were often frustrated by his mistakes.
DeJesus, a veteran who suits more what manager Davey Johnson prefers on his bench, has played parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues, and is hitting .250 with a .330 on-base percentage this season with the Cubs — against whom the Nationals will open a four-game series on Monday night.
He is in the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract, but the Nationals will hold a $6.5 million option on him for the 2014 season.
DeJesus is the second Cubs outfielder the Nationals have acquired this season as they traded for Scott Hairston in early July to help bolster the right side of their bench. Hairston is also signed through the 2014 season