MLB waiver roundup: David DeJesus, Erick Aybar, Jason Vargas placed on waivers

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A quick summary of Monday's waiver action.

The August waiver wire has seen its fair share of trades in the last two weeks, but at this point more players have actually gone through the process without being dealt. Michael Young, Adam Dunn, Justin Morneau, Elvis Andrus and several others passed through the waiver gauntlet unclaimed, but were not traded during their team's small window.

A few more names appeared on the waiver wire Monday, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Maybe they'll be the ones to get the trade wire moving again:

David DeJesus, OF

The Washington Nationals worked out a trade for DeJesus with the Cubs on Monday, but then immediately placed the outfielder back on revokable waivers, reports Rosenthal.

Why the Nationals would acquire someone only to instantly throw him back on the wire is unclear, though Buster Olney of ESPN speculates that the Nats got him off of waivers by mistake. While that scenario seems kind of far-fetched -- why would they agree to send a PTBNL if they didn't want him? -- it's not unheard of.

DeJesus, 33, is batting .249/.329/.400 with six home runs in 85 games on the year. He holds a $6.5 million team option and $1.5 million buyout for the 2014 season.

Erick Aybar, SS

The Angels shopped Aybar around at the trade deadline, but ultimately pulled him back off the shelf. His name surfacing on the waiver wire could indicate that the club is once again interested in dealing its shortstop for some long-term rotation help, but it may also be just a testing of the waters.

Aybar, 29, is owed $25.5 million over the next three seasons, so it's unlikely he'll be claimed in the 48-hour window. His numbers are down some at the plate this year -- .281/.315/.381 in 101 games -- but he's still a solid contributor at shortstop.

Jason Vargas, LHP

Vargas could have been a hot commodity at the trade deadline had he not been on the disabled list with a blood clot in his throwing shoulder. Now that he's back in the Halos rotation, the team could try to get something of value for him before he hits free agency at the end of September.

Vargas, 30, isn't anyone's idea of a top-of-the-rotation starter, but he is about as consistent as starting pitchers come. If a team is in need of a southpaw who can eat innings while putting up a 4.00 earned-run average and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of just over two, then Vargas is the guy.

The left-hander owns a 3.92 ERA in 101 innings on the year.

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