The Cubs' new regime continued its housecleaning Monday when it said goodbye to infielder Blake DeWitt and claimed infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Athletics.
DeWitt, a former first-round pick of the Dodgers, was the highlighted return in former general manager Jim Hendry's 2010 trade that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to LA. But he never could crack the Cubs' lineup, hitting .265 in 121 games last season.
He was to make $1.1 million this season, which could be picked up by another team if the Cubs trade him within five days. If not, he will be released.
Meanwhile, the Theo Epstein group brought in another fresh face in its rebuilding of the fifth-place Cubs, who finished 25 games behind the Brewers.
Cardenas, 24, split time at three infield positions and left field while hitting .314 with 28 doubles and a .374 on-base percentage for Triple-A Sacramento last season. He played mostly second base in four previous minor league seasons.
He is a candidate to be an extra infielder for the Cubs this season.
The dismantling of the 2007-2008 National League Central champions began right after Epstein and Jed Hoyer were named as president and general manager this winter.
They have traded or non-tendered starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, first baseman Carlos Pena, reliever Sean Marshall and former first-round picks Andrew Cashner and Tyler Colvin. Also on the trading block is pitcher Matt Garza, whom Hendry obtained a year ago at a very high cost of prospects.