Posted on 04 March 2012 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs lost to the Oakland A’s 12-10 in their spring opener under new manager Dale Sveum.
Rodrigo Lopez pitched 2 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts. He did not allow a base runner. Carlos Marmol also retired all3 batters that he faced in the 3rd inning with 1 strikeout. Sveum was especially pleased with Lopez’s strong outing – “He looked great. The guy is smart. He knows what to do. He came into camp in incredible shape. He’s definitely in the mix.”
9 runs allowed in the 4th and 5th innings did the Cubs in. Jeff Beliveau gave up 4 earned runs – 3 walks and a run-scoring single to Josh Reddick. Dae-eun Rhee did not fare much better in his 1 2/3 innings pitched – 4 earned runs on 6 hits, including 2 home runs.
Darwin Barney had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s in his debut. Adrian Cardenas, another guy competing for the 2nd base job, drove in 3 runs with a triple and he scored a run.
The Cubs and A’s battle again on Monday in Arizona…
Posted on 20 February 2012 by Lou
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.
Posted on 08 February 2012 by Lou
The Cubs released infielder Blake DeWitt in order to pick up Adrian Cardenas off of waivers from the Oakland A’s. This was an interesting move.
DeWitt played in 121 games for the Cubs in 2011 – .265 batting average with 5 HR’s, 11 doubles and 25 RBI’s.
Cardenas, on the other hand, played 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento. His offensive numbers were impressive – .314 batting average, 5 HR’s, 28 doubles, 70 runs scored and 51 RBI’s. He is younger and primarily a 2nd baseman, but he also played multiple games at 3rd base and left field for the A’s minor league squad. He is a left-handed hitter who throws right-handed and could make a spirited run at de-throning Darwin Barney from his starting 2nd base job.
DeWitt is clearly more of a back-up infielder these days, while Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer see Cardenas as an up-and-coming youngster who could surprise some people at the major league level. He was picked up by the Phillies as the 37th overall pick in the 2006 draft and has been in the A’s organization since July 2008. And you gotta love what the A’s can do with raw talent…