Adrian Cardenas reminds me of Mike Fontenot. Utility infielder, left-handed bat and a nice complementary piece on the 25-man roster.
Even his minor league numbers mirror Fontenot’s, who made his Chicago debut in 2005 before rejoining the club for the 2007 division title run.
And so it appears Cardenas, a first-round pick of the Phillies in 2006, will play a similar role with the Cubs this season, especially with his defensive versatility at multiple infield positions and the corner outfield spots, if necessary.
Although the move lacks excitement, that doesn’t mean it’s without significance. The Cubs are in sore need of added depth, especially up the middle on defense.
Think of Cardenas as a security blanket for Dale Sveum. He’ll give the skipper flexibility with the lineup, relief for Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro, and a valuable left-handed bat as a pinch-hitter.
Cardenas, 24, is two years younger than Blake DeWitt who was DFA to clear a roster spot. DeWitt’s $1.1M contract can be moved if the Cubs are able to trade him within the next four days.
Otherwise, DeWitt will be released having played 174 games for Chicago over 1.5 seasons batting .258 with 9 HR and 48 RBI.