In a surprise to most Cubs fans, the Chicago Cubs traded outfielder David DeJesus yesterday afternoon to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later. However, by the end of the night the Nats, who are in town to face the Cubs and were defeated last night 11-1, had put DeJesus on waivers.
So, which was the bigger story? DeJesus being traded to the Nats or the Cubs 11-1 rout of the Nats? DeJesus, the central character in this nutty scenario, came to the plate in the top of the eighth inning as a pinch hitter. Those in attendance last night gave him a warm reception before he popped out.
The 11-1 win was big, very big; however it was tinged with sadness and disbelief https://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&discussionID=23384006&gid=57854&commentID=157803493&trk=view_disc&fromEmail=&ut=3ZrRWi1o4ocBU1that DeJesus was traded.
“I saw him as the solid veteran presence on a club whose got enough years to be respected but had to work for it enough that he could advise a scuffling kid,” said Holly Swyers. “He made sense for a rebuilding team. I just don't see who we have to fill that role now. Are we really rebuilding, or are they just trying to see how long we can tolerate bad baseball?"
“I think this trade is a huge step back for the Cubs,” said Sara Zeko, a Cubs fan from Michigan. “DeJesus is a strong, dependable, daily player, who plays like a major leaguer. He is certainly a player that the Cubs could have built with or around. He has been traded for a PTBNL--which will likely end up as an A ball prospect--who MIGHT pan out, or MIGHT NOT. Having a solid, reliable player like DeJesus in the hand is better than some random player in the bush, so to speak.”
“I think the Cubs gave up a class act, a guy who never complained, did what the team asked and was part of the community,” said a fan living in Arizona.
John Neubauer, also a fan from Arizona agreed, “I thought he was a class act and someone the young Cubs would learn from in every aspect of being a professional.”
The strangest part of this entire trade is putting him back on waivers. There is speculation that the Nats didn’t think the Cubs would really let DeJesus go. There is also speculation that they picked him up to prevent another team from laying a claim on him. Whatever the reason, DeJesus is a member of the Nats, at least for now.