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Rockies want Blake DeWitt from Cubs for Ian Stewart

Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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Earlier this week Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported that the Cubs are interested in Ian Stewart and now he says the Rockies asked for Blake DeWitt in exchange for him.

DeWitt doesn’t hit much, but he’s much more versatile and valuable than Stewart defensively and also under team control through 2014.

Not so long ago the notion of trading Stewart for a utility man-caliber player like DeWitt would have seemed crazy for the Rockies, but with Stewart’s value at an all-time low and trade options limited by his projected $2.5 million salary for 2012 they might be willing to simply swap him for someone younger, cheaper, and capable of keeping third base warm until top prospect Nolan Arenado is ready.

DeWitt began his career with the Dodgers and came to the Cubs in the mid-2010 swap for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot.

  1. normb11 - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Nitpick, he’s younger, but only by 4 months.
    As a Cub fan, yes please. Isn’t this why the Cubs hired Rudy Jaramillo? To “fix” guys like Stewart?

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Take the deal, Chicago! We have absolutely, positively, no use for DeWitt. We have Barney, Castro and Baker, who, while Barney and Baker aren’t exactly prime talent, definitely supercede DeWitt. And the Cubs have literally no other 3B option at all besides Baker himself.

  3. Kyle - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Deal!

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