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2012 Cubs Offseason: Chicago Claims Adrian Cardenas Off Waivers From Oakland

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.

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.

Related: Cubs DFA Blake DeWitt

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:

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