The Chicago Cubs made a minor move on Monday afternoon, claiming infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers. Chicago designated Blake DeWitt for assignment in order to make room for Cardenas.
#Cubs designate IF Blake DeWitt for assignment , claim IF Adrian Cardenas off waivers from Oakland.— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) February 6, 2012
The 24-year-old Cardenas hit .314/.374/.418 for Oakland's triple-A affiliate last season and has a .303/.368/.413 line in six minor league seasons.
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Those are respectable numbers, and Cardenas is still young, which leads to the question of why he was available in the first place. Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein says defense is a major reason:
Instead of handing Adrian Cardenas a job in Chicago, maybe we should wonder why he was available. He's a really bad infielder.— Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein) February 6, 2012
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