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Cubs “have interest” in Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart

Nov 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd ruled out non-tendering Ian Stewart before the deadline to offer arbitration, but he didn’t rule out trading him and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Cubs have expressed interest in the 26-year-old third baseman.

Renck writes that the Rockies turned down an offer for Stewart from the Diamondbacks in July and remain reluctant to move him because they feel he still has lots of upside, but he’s also set to earn around $2.5 million after spending much of the season at Triple-A and they have other third base options coming up through the minors.

Stewart has 20-homer power, but he’s a career .236 hitter with a mediocre .751 OPS despite playing half his games at Coors Field and has never been a standout defensive third baseman. It seems highly unlikely that Theo Epstein and company would part with significant value to acquire Stewart, so the only question is whether the Rockies are ready to part with him when his stock is at an all-time low.

  1. trevorb06 - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    This has nothing to do with baseball, I just thought Gator would get a kick out of it.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      Terribly depressing. I’m a serious animal lover who tries to limit his meat intake altogether, and this just isn’t necessary.

      • trevorb06 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        I’m just posting it due to Gator and his ‘horsemeat and velveeta sandwich’ comments. No need to shoot the messenger pigeon. I didn’t say I support the slaughter of horses.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        I get thumbs down for being sad about horse slaughter? What the hell.

      • paperlions - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:13 PM

        What is more sad: butchering horses to eat or having them be abandoned and neglected after the outlive their usefulness? Because the latter is what happens now.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Since the Cubs have absolutely no plan B for Ramirez’s departure other than someone like Baker, I’d very much like to see Stewart obtained. Maybe the Cubs could offer to take his whole salary and offer a halfway decent prospect or two.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      Yeah, I’m not getting the hate on my comments on this post.

    • paperlions - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      These might be because Stewart sucks when playing 1/2 his games at Coors…so he would likely really really suck playing somewhere else (other than Arlington or perhaps Arizona)…so he’s probably just a more expensive version of whatever the Cubs have sitting in AAA.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM

        They have nothing at AAA. You make a fine point though – and about the horses as well, thank you.

    • tuloisgod - Nov 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      If DoD is offered anything more than a barrel of baseballs, he should take it. Aaron correctly notes that Stewart sucks at the plate even playing half his games at Coors Field, and his ballyhooed fielding prowess has never been anything more than average. I think he’s probably a head case, too, but at the least he has shown no Major League talent despite plenty of opportunities.

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