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Cardinals complete Alex Cora deal... and the Cubs release Blake DeWitt

Just hours after the Cardinals announced they signed Alex Cora to a minor league contract, the Cubs have designated infielder Blake DeWitt for assignment.

Beyond sharing the same surname as the Redbirds chairman and team president, DeWitt might represent a pretty nice fit for the Cardinals who have an unsettled situation at second base. The 26-year-old former Dodger can also play third and left field, which would give St. Louis some roster flexibility.

DeWitt hit .265 last season for the Wee Bears and had just agreed to a $1.1-million contract for 2012. So the Cubs will apparently try to trade him before giving DeWitt his outright release. 

I wonder if the Cubs, who were so intent on driving up the price for Albert Pujols despite the fact that they are so far from contention that it isn't funny, would be willing to ship DeWitt to a division rival. At least they could assure themselves of not picking up his paycheck should DeWitt clear waivers.