ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 24: Blake DeWitt #9 of the Chicago Cubs fields a ground ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 24, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
The Chicago Cubs announced earlier today that they have designated infielder Blake DeWitt for assignment. The move makes the needed forty man roster space for Adrian Cardenas, who the Cubs claimed on waivers from the Oakland Athletics earlier today.
DeWitt played second base, third base and even left field with the Cubs last season while hitting .265. A first round pick in 2004, DeWitt has played four major league seasons with the Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
DeWitt and the Cubs avoided arbitration earlier this off season before he was designated. Now he has ten days to clear waivers before the Cubs either release or trade him, or send him to Triple A Iowa. This was the first season where he was arbitration eligible. He will be a free agent in the off season of 2015, unless the Cubs release him first. He has a career slash line of .260/.329/.385