The Washington Times - August 23, 2013, 02:42PM

David DeJesus never even made it to Washington as a member of the Nationals.

Four days after the Nationals acquired him from the Chicago Cubs during a series at Wrigley Field, DeJesus was traded to Tampa Bay on Friday after the Rays claimed him on waivers.


DeJesus went 0-for-3 and had a sacrifice bunt in his four plate appearances for the Nationals, all in the just-completed four-game series at the Cubs. The Nationals put DeJesus on waivers shortly after acquiring him Monday and the playoff-contending Rays snapped him up.

The Nats had until 1 p.m. Friday to pull DeJesus back off waivers and keep him for the season, let him go to the Rays for nothing, or work out a trade. They went the latter course, agreeing to a deal that will bring Washington a player to be named or cash.

There wasn’t much point in the Nationals hanging on to DeJesus, who was not going to get regular playing time in D.C. He was an expensive left-handed bat off the bench, making $4.25 million this season (about $1 million remains) and carrying a $1.5 million buyout of his $6.5 million team option for 2014.

The move came hours after the Nationals traded catcher Kurt Suzuki back to the Oakland Athletics, a little more than a year after acquiring him from the A’s.

Washington recalled reliever Xavier Cedeno to fill DeJesus’ roster spot and catcher Jhonatan Solano to replace Suzuki heading into a weekend series in Kansas City.