Earlier today it was announced that the Chicago Cubs have traded veteran outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later. This is the second deal these two teams have made this year, after the Cubs traded Scott Hairston to Washington back on July 8th.
The Cubs signed DeJesus after the 2011 season to a two year deal worth $10M, with a club option for 2014.
Throughout his career, DeJesus has been known as a good contact hitter, a very good defender, and a great guy to have in the clubhouse. He can get on base and score runs, which are two major keys to winning games. He finished second on the team in both runs scored (76) and on-base percentage (.350). This year his 39 runs scored were the fifth best total on the team, and he was also tied with Luis Valbuena with the fifth-best OBP (.330) of guys who have played more than 20 games.
DeJesus was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2000, and spent the first eight years of his big league career there. He has never been a big profile type of player, but some of his career totals rank among the best in Royals franchise history. He ranks in the top ten in thirteen different statistical categories, according to Kansas City’s website.
Cubs players and personnel had nothing but great things to say about DeJesus. Darwin Barney called him “…the ultimate professional,” and manager Dale Sveum also praised him for the things he brought to the team.
Fans already have a chance to get used to DeJesus playing for another team, as the Cubs and Nationals started a four game series tonight in Chicago.
DeJesus was (and still is) by far one of the fan favorites in Chicago. The effort and leadership that he brought to the team, as well as his role in the Cub community, will not be forgotten anytime soon. Even though he played just over a season and a half with the team, Cubs fans will look back on David DeJesus fondly for years to come.