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.