Nationals place newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus on waivers

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Well, this is strange. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Nationals “almost immediately” placed outfielder David DeJesus on revocable waivers after they acquired him from the Cubs this afternoon.

Some have speculated that the waiver claim was a mistake, but that seems highly unlikely since a trade was agreed upon and DeJesus wasn’t simply dumped by the Cubs. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times speculates that perhaps they claimed/traded for him as an effort to keep him from getting to a rival team. Whatever the motivation was, the 60-64 Nationals now appear set to attempt to flip him elsewhere if possible.

DeJesus, 33, is still owed a little over $1 million this season while his contract includes a $6.5 million club option for 2014 or a $1.5 million buyout.

Cardinals shut down Carlos Martínez for two weeks due to shoulder issue

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MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.

Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”

Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.

Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.