The Cubs claimed Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland As on Monday and designated Blake DeWitt for assignment, switching in a slightly younger, cheaper infield option.
Last year Cardenas, 24, hit .314 with five homers, 70 runs scored, 51 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento.
Cardenas was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 37th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He has primarily played second base in his minor-league career.
DeWitt was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the 2010 trade deadline as part of the Ted Lilly deal. He never grabbed the second-base job, but was a decent player off the bench, hitting .265 in 121 games with the Cubs.
The 26-year-old DeWitt who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter had previously agreed to a 1.1 million deal with the Cubs and will now go through waivers.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.
Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:
The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason.
After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member:
Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization."
All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.