DeJesus shops for Green Juice, gets traded
Another big and busy day around the ballpark. Even though it’s past the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline, the Cubs were able to make a deal today, sending outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later. The Nats are in town, so DeJesus simply moved from one clubhouse to the other. The Cubs will net a savings of about $2.5 million on the deal. They’ve also activated outfielder Brian Bogusevic off the disabled list.
DeJesus was one of the most popular players in the clubhouse, both for his example-setting and work ethic.
“Obviously, you lose what he does on the field as well as everything he does in the clubhouse an off the field, too, his professionalism,” said Cubs manager Dale Sveum. “He’s just another like Soriano that’s tough to lose because all the other stuff that goes on behind the scenes and not just the stuff on the field.”
DeJesus met with the Washington and Chicago media members late in the afternoon before the Nats took batting practice.
“Me and my wife (Kim) going to get some Green Juice because my wife loves Green Juice,” DeJesus said. “Around 1 o’clock, I missed a call from Theo (Cubs president Epstein). My wife was like, ‘You probably got traded,’ just joking around. I was like, ‘All right, let me give him a call back.’ I call and he was saying a lot of nice things and, ‘You got traded to the Washington Nationals.’ I’m like, ‘Really?’ It’s one of those moments where you’re like, ‘Whoa.’ Time stops. OK. I look over at my wife, and she’s crying because she grew up on Wheaton, Ill., about 45 minutes from Wrigley Field. It’s a surreal moment. It kind of threw me off.”
DeJesus will be a fourth outfielder for the Nats, who are well on the outside looking in on the playoff race. In 84 games with the Cubs this year (he was on the DL with a shoulder injury for a while), he had a line of .250/.330/.401 with 6 homers and 27 RBI. Last year, after signing with the Cubs, he had a line of .263/.350/.403 with 9 homers and 50 RBI.
The Cubs signed DeJesus to a two-year, $10 million contract on Nov. 30, 2011. They held a club option for $6.5 million for next year. If they didn’t plan to exercise the option, they would have owed a $1.5 million buyout.
In addition to wanting to get a look at Bogusevic, the Cubs say outfielder Ryan Sweeney will head out on a rehab stint soon. He’s been on the 60-day DL with a fractured rib.
For tonight’s game, first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out with an illness. The Cubs hope he can return for Tuesday night’s game.
We’ll start with Class A Daytona, which used a 5-run seventh inning to beat Brevard County 5-3. The big story was Dan Vogelbach and Kris Bryant hitting back-to-back homers in the seventh.
“It was cool to go back-to-back,” Vogelbach told Brent Woronoff of the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “We talked about doing that before the game. Hopefully we'll be doing that a lot more.''
It was Vogelbach’s second homer, a 2-run shot. Bryant followed immediately with his third for Daytona. Bryant has hit safely in his first seven games with Daytona. He was 1-for-3 with a walk. Vogelbach was 1-for-4, and Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-4.
Rehabbing right-hander Scott Baker started and worked 3 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 run as the Cubs restarted his rehab from 2012 Tommy John surgery. Rainouts in Florida caused the Cubs to shut Baker down for a few days.
Class AAA Iowa lost its fourth straight, 4-3 in 16 innings to New Orleans. Kyle Hendricks got no decision in his start as he worked 7 innings and gave up 7 hits and 3 runs while walking no one and striking out seven. Brad Nelson hit his 18th homer, and Brian Bogusevic was 1-for five in his first and last rehab game for Iowa after moving up from Arizona.
Class AA Tennessee used 4 runs in the ninth to beat Birmingham 5-2. Eduardo Figueroa started and worked 6 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits while walking one and striking out five. Rafael Lopez was 2-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI. Local guy Tony Zych earned the win in relief. He has not allowed a run in his last 7 appearances, covering 10 innings.
The Kane County Cougars (A) fell 4-2 to Clinton. Tayler Scott took the loss, working 5 innings and giving up 3 hits and 1 run. He is 5-8 with a 4.21 ERA. Jose Dore went 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Boise (A) lost 10-2 to Tri-City. Paul Blackburn took the loss, pitching 3 innings and giving up 7 hits and 4 runs while walking three and striking out three. Lance Rymel was 2-for-2 with a double.