2/6 Cubs claim Cardenas; DFA DeWitt
The Cubs claimed infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Athletics. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment. Cardenas, 24, batted .314 with 28 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 70 runs scored, 51 RBIs and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento last year. In 2011, Cardenas played second, short, third and left field. He has primarily played second in his pro career.
DeWitt, 26, was projected as the Cubs’ starting second baseman last season but lost the job to Darwin Barney. He batted .265 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs in 121 games with the Cubs. He was acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly/Ryan Theriot deal. If he clears waivers, DeWitt could still be in Cubs camp as a non-roster invitee.
– Carrie Muskat