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Blake DeWitt clears waivers

Blake DeWitt has apparently cleared waivers and, if he decides not to accept a minor league assignment from the Cubs, could leave the team as a free agent.

DeWitt, a versatile fielder who spends most of his time at second base but who is also capable of playing the infield and outfield corners, might be an interesting fit for the Redbirds in a couple of ways.

First, if the Birds signed him, DeWitt would likely be a strong candidate to win the open second base job. But if that position is Tyler Greene's to lose, DeWitt could be a very valuable super utility sort who would allow manager Mike Matheny a great deal of lineup flexibility.

Basically, the Cardinals wouldn't be forced to keep Daniel Descalso on the bench in case something happens to third baseman David Freese. If Descalso started at second base on a given day, Matheny would have lefty (DeWitt) and righty options (Greene) off the bench for every infield position.

It couldn't hurt to give DeWitt, a .260 career hitter with decent pop in his bat for a middle infielder, a chance if the price is right.