Cubs GM: DeJesus could return in future

CHICAGO -- Although the Chicago Cubs traded outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later on Monday, it doesn’t mean his career with the Cubs is over.

“For the next 39 games it was the right decision, but that doesn’t close the door on David and the Cubs in the future because he represents himself well,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said not long after the move. “He’s a pro.”

DeJesus was in the final year of a two-year deal which includes a team option for $6.5 million in 2014. Otherwise the Nationals can buy him out for $1.5 million. That, along with the approximately $1 million he’s owed this season, saved the Cubs $2.5 million.

“A disproportionate amount of his two-year deal comes at the end of his contract so that was certainly a factor,” Hoyer said.

If the Nationals don’t pick up his option it would make DeJesus a free agent, opening the door for a return to the Cubs.

“We like David a lot,” Hoyer said. “Would love to talk to him about bringing him back at some point. He’s a good mentor for the young guys and I like his approach at the plate.”

DeJesus is hitting .250 with six home runs and 27 RBIs to go along with a .330 on-base percentage.