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Infielder Daniel Descalso is on the Cubs’ radar, but the rival Cardinals also are showing interest

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The Cubs are interested in left-handed-hitting infielder Daniel Descalso, a 2007 Cardinals draft pick who spent his first five major-league seasons in St. Louis.

Descalso, 32, would fit the Cubs’ profile for a versatile infielder who can provide leadership. Descalso, a free agent, has played in at least 99 games in his eight full major-league seasons and hit a career-high 13 home runs and posted a career-high .353 on-base percentage last season with the Diamondbacks.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier this week that the Cardinals have discussed Descalso, who played all four infield positions during his time in St. Louis.

“We’re looking at more of a utility-type player that will make more sense for us,” Cardinals vice president John Mozeliak said at a Dec. 7 news conference introducing new slugger Paul Goldschmidt.

In fact, Goldschmidt said Descalso was one of a few former Diamondbacks teammates who told him he would like playing in St. Louis.

Descalso has played shortstop only once since 2016 but could spell Javier Baez on occasion while Addison Russell completes his 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic abuse policy.

Descalso, who also played for the Rockies for two years (2015-16), earned $2 million last season.

The Cubs’ interest in Descalso was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, and a source confirmed the Cubs reached out to Descalso well before the winter meetings.

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