The Cubs designate Blake DeWitt for assignment

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In December the Cubs reportedly balked at trading Blake DeWitt to the Rockies for Ian Stewart.  Now they’ve designated him for assignment instead.

The move was necessitated by the Cubs claiming Adrian Cardenas on waivers from the Athletics, so the Cubs have essentially traded a 26 year-old utilityman for a 24-year-old one.

Cardenas had a nice year at Sacramento last season, but it was his third go-around in Triple-A, so it’s not like this is a total game-changer or anything.

Pirates sign 1B/DH Carlos Santana to 1-year deal

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PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed veteran first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana to a 1-year contract.

The deal, announced Tuesday, is worth $6.75 million.

The arrival of the 36-year-old gives the young Pirates an experienced hitter who the team hopes will serve as a role model in 2023.

The switch-hitting Santana split time between Kansas City and Seattle in 2022, hitting .202 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs. He provided some much-needed pop to Seattle’s lineup after arriving in a trade in June, slugging 15 home runs to help the Mariners reach the postseason for the first time since 2001.

The signing is also a bit of a splurge for the Pirates, who also acquired Ji-Man Choi from Tampa Bay earlier this month to help address an offense that ranked near the bottom of the majors in slugging and on-base percentage.