The Cubs claimed utility man Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland A’s on Monday. To make room for Cardenas on the 40-man roster, Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment.
Adrian Cardenas played in 127 games at the Triple-A level for Oakland last season and posted a .314/.374/.418/.791 line with 28 doubles, four triples and five home runs. Adrian Cardenas was the supplemental round pick of the Phillies in the 2006 draft (37th overall). The 24-year old (October 10, 1987) has played five seasons in professional baseball, all at the minor league level. The A’s acquired Cardenas in the Joe Blanton trade, along with Matt Spencer and Josh Outman on July 17, 2008
Cardenas (throws right, bats left) played shortstop (three games), third base (13 games), second base (35 games) and left field (44 games) last season.
The Cubs avoided arbitration with Blake DeWitt earlier in the winter by agreeing to a $1.1 million contract for 2012. By designating DeWitt for assignment, the Cubs will save a little money on their 2012 payroll.
Blake DeWitt was acquired from the Dodgers along with Brett Wallach and Kyle Smit on July 31, 2010 for Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot and cash.
In his first full season with the Cubs, DeWitt lost playing time to Darwin Barney an ended up posting a .265/.305/.413/.718 line in 121 games with 11 doubles, four triples and five home runs.
According to Bruce Miles, if Blake DeWitt clears waivers, he’ll likely end up outrighted to Iowa and come to Cubs camp as a non-roster guy.
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