Blake DeWitt has decided to take his “assignment” off of the Cubs 40-man roster and join the rest of the crew in Mesa for Spring Training 2012.
This was purely a “dollars and sense” decision for DeWitt. He avoided arbitration with the Cubs by agreeing to a 1-year, $1.1 million deal back in January. By accepting the Cubs assignment, he is guaranteed that $1.1 million deal, even if he does not make the opening day roster. After the Cubs dumped DeWitt to pick up Adrian Cardenas off of waivers from the A’s, no team claimed DeWitt during the 10-day waiver window, so it then fell back on DeWitt to make his decision. If he did not accept the Cubs assignment, he would have become a free agent for the 1st time in his career, but he likely wouldn’t have found another million dollar deal out there. Good for him for using his head and not holding a grudge against the Cubs for releasing him.
DeWitt will now fight for some role with the Cubs opening day roster this spring. GM Jed Hoyer had some kind words for DeWitt – “We are certainly hopeful that he will remain with us. Our thoughts haven’t changed about Blake. We were able to acquire Cardenas and our hope was to have both guys in the organization. If Blake comes back he has every possible chance to compete for a job in camp and have very much the same role as last year.”
This should make for a fun spring for the young infielders (Darwin Barney, Cardenas, DeWitt) competing for a spot with the major league club.