When the Cubs acquired Blake DeWitt, I think the feelings associated with his arrival were more positive because of the fact that he was, in a way, replacing Ryan Theriot, a right-handed, no-hit second baseman with bad baserunning instincts.
DeWitt had a couple other decent things going for him, too. His glove at third is reportedly pretty good; he won't turn 27 until later this year; and he has an eye that's at least half decent (10%+ walk rate in 2008, for example).
But the power just hasn't been there, and really the age 24-26 seasons is when it's supposed to start coming in. I think at this point Blake is what he is: a bench player, maybe, with perhaps a shred of upside left in the bat, but not much more than that. I was one of the many last year to clamor about giving the young guys their shot at playing time, but in 1,213 career MLB PAs DeWitt has hit .260/.329/.385. That sort of seems like enough to know what his deal is; if not, what skill of his is yet to break out?
So DeWitt is gone, and Adrian Cardenas has arrived. I don't know much about new guy, but what does strike me: he's two years younger than Blake. In theory, that means more room to grow, and a better timetable for a team that doesn't want to win in 2012. Makes sense to me!
Unless you thought Blake DeWitt coulda been a contenda, in which case I invite you to make your case in the comments.
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