Cubs DFA DeWitt, claim Cardenas from A's

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Cubs DFA DeWitt, claim Cardenas from A's

The Cubs claimed Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland As on Monday and designated Blake DeWitt for assignment, switching in a slightly younger, cheaper infield option.

Last year Cardenas, 24, hit .314 with five homers, 70 runs scored, 51 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento.

Cardenas was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 37th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He has primarily played second base in his minor-league career.

DeWitt was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the 2010 trade deadline as part of the Ted Lilly deal. He never grabbed the second-base job, but was a decent player off the bench, hitting .265 in 121 games with the Cubs.

The 26-year-old DeWitt who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter had previously agreed to a 1.1 million deal with the Cubs and will now go through waivers.

Nick Offerman wants Jon Lester to grow a Ron Swanson-esque mustache

Nick Offerman wants Jon Lester to grow a Ron Swanson-esque mustache

Nick Offerman gave Cubs ace Jon Lester a shout-out after the southpaw's incredible outing Tuesday night at Wrigley Field and it led to a delightful exchange:

Lester responded in kind, quoting Offerman's most famous character, Ron Swanson of "Parks and Rec" fame:

Offerman — a Chicago native who just waited out a two-hour rain delay Friday at Wrigley to sing the Seventh Inning Stretch — believes Lester has a little Ron Swanson in him, too.

Except for the mustache, of course.

But Lester is just fine stick with his standard beard:

Lester's dominance against the San Francisco Giants continued with Tuesday night's complete game effort. In his last three starts — including Game 1 of last fall's — Lester has a 0.69 ERA and 0.54 WHIP against the Giants, striking out 19 batters in 26 innings.

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