It's been an emotional 24 hours for David DeJesus and his family, but speaking with David Kaplan on SportsTalk Live he said he is settling into a role with the Washington Nationals that took him by complete surprise.
The 33-year-old DeJesus was claimed off waivers by the Nationals on Monday and the Cubs agreed to trade the outfielder for a player to be named later. And while he now dons the red and white Washington colors, DeJesus did seem open to returning to the Cubs next year if the two sides can agree to a deal.
"Playing for the Cubs is a dream come true for me and my family, and we love this town," DeJesus told Kaplan. "It meant a lot to us to play for our hometown team. And hopefully we can work something out and see how it works. But right now I'm just gonna go out there and play the game that I grew up playing and we'll see what happens from then."
DeJesus has a team option for 2014 worth $6.5 million and a $1.5 million buyout. His wife, Kim, grew up in Wheaton, Ill.
In 202 career games with the Cubs, DeJesus batted .258 with 15 home runs and 77 RBIs.