Nats add DeJesus, Release Bernadina

The Washington Nationals made a last stitch effort, Monday, by acquiring left-hander David DeJesus from the Chicago Cubs.  The Nationals organization is looking for any sign of hope in what now appears to be an unlikely playoff run.  General Manager Mike Rizzo, however, refuses to relinquish hope as he decided to pull the trigger for DeJesus.  The team’s bench is currently batting a collective .188, second to last in the league, and was in dire need of a veteran bat.

Washington is said to be giving up a player to be named later but the more relevant news is the release of outfielder Roger Bernadina.  Bernadina was one of the team’s longest tenured players, but has recently undergone his fair share of struggles.  Roger had played just 6 games this month and had hit a mere .178.  Known as “the Shark,” Roger was a fan favorite and will surely be missed, but it was clear to most a change needed to be made.

As the trade was finalized, Washington was coincidently in Chicago to start a three game set with their trade partner and were crushed 11-1 by a poor Cubs ball club.  The Nats currently sit 9.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds with just 39 games remaining in a season that simply hasn’t lived up to expectations.


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  • Shawn Casey

    So Rizzy feels the Nats problems are the bench and the Shark? So when is Rizzy going to point the finger at himself as the blame for the Nats failings this season?
    Again here are a few of my Rizzy failures:
    1. Soriano over Storen…nice message Rizzy sent to Drew.
    2. Letting Burnett, Gorzi, Gonzales (Mike), and other members of the 2012 bullpen go and keeping Zac Duke, Ryan Matheaus and Henri Rodriquez.
    3. Denard Span…we already had a no hitting great defensive outfielder in the now departed Roger Bernadina. And a lot cheaper.
    4. First half Dan Haren…even with his late season surge has he been worth 12 million?
    5. Wilson Ramos…when he’s in he’s good but when is he ever in?
    6. LaRoche, LaRoche, LaRoche…really a guy in the back half of his career has a season for the ages (2012) and this brilliant GM hopes he can repeat it? Really?! Tyler Moore should have been promoted or Michael Morse should have stayed.
    7. Bryce Harper or Mike Trout hmmm how is that looking now?
    The only true keepers to me are Ian Desmond, Jason Werth, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman (at 1st), Harper, Strasburg, Gio, Jordan Zimmerman, Roark, Clippard, second half Haren, and Storen. The rest either need to be in AAA or released…along with Rizzy!