Negotiations went down to the wire as the Rays talked with the Nationals about David DeJesus.
The Cubs outfielder acquired just last Monday by Washington was put on revocable waivers and claimed by Tampa Bay, who had until 1:00 PM to make a trade. Otherwise, they could acquire DeJesus through the waiver claim if the Nationals were willing to part with the player.
For more on what adding DeJesus to the roster could mean for the Rays, read Ian's introduction here.
The Rays will be required to pay his remaining salary for this season, and either a $6.5 M salary for 2014 or a $1.5 M buy out. That's an expensive platoon bat, but in the mean time, DeJesus adds value.
The left handed outfielder's 117 wRC+ against right handed pitching would be sixth best on the current Rays roster, as would his .345 wOBA. A corresponding move has yet to be released, but recently promoted outfielder Jason Bourgeois is the likely candidate to be designated for assignment.
UPDATE - 1:30 PM
The Nationals announced the deal on twitter, and confirmed the Rays will send cash considerations or a player to be named later to complete the deal.
UPDATE - 3:30 PM
Per Marc Topkin, Jason Bourgeois has been designated for assignment, and will now pass through waivers. DeJesus has been added to the 40-man and 25-man rosters, and will wear the number 7, last worn by Jeff Keppinger.
DeJesus will premier in tonight's line up, playing left field.
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