DeWitt accepts assignment, will compete

Infielder Blake DeWitt hit .265 in 121 games for the Cubs last season. Allan Henry/US Presswire

MESA, Ariz. -- Blake DeWitt accepted his outright assignment off the 40-man roster, the Chicago Cubs said Monday, and the infielder will come to camp to battle for an Opening Day role.

DeWitt's decision locks in his $1.1 million salary that he agreed to when he avoided arbitration with the Cubs in January. Had DeWitt elected to not accept the assignment he would have become a free agent and his $1.1 million deal would have been voided.

When infielder Adrian Cardenas was claimed off waivers from the Oakland A's earlier this month, DeWitt was designated for assignment to open a 40-man spot. DeWitt was not picked up by any team during a 10-day waiver period.

The left-handed hitter appeared in 121 games last season mostly as a backup at second base, third base and left field, batting .265 with five home runs and 26 RBIs. He lost a battle for the starting second base job last spring to Darwin Barney.

As a non-roster player this spring, DeWitt is expected to compete for a utility role.