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Rockies, Cubs discussing Ian Stewart-for-Tyler Colvin swap

Dec 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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Ian Stewart has been linked to the Cubs for weeks, and now Ken Rosenthal of reports that Colorado is “discussing” a trade that would send the third baseman to Chicago for outfielder Tyler Colvin.

Colvin followed up a solid rookie showing by hitting just .150 in 80 games this year and the 26-year-old’s lack of plate discipline undermines his 25-homer power. Of course, Stewart was just as bad for the Rockies and is set to earn around $3 million through the arbitration process.

Previous reports had the Rockies asking the Cubs for Blake DeWitt in exchange for Stewart.

  1. mjay424 - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Blake DeWitt played better than Ian Stewart last season but Stewart is the better talent. A Stewart trade to the Cubs, if it’s the best the Rockies can do to ship him out of town, their intent, makes more sense if the deal is for Colvin.

    Colvin doesn’t have Stewart’s power upside but might prove to be a nice fourth outfielder, which could end up being more value than what the disappointing Stewart would give them. This shows the Rockies really don’t believe Stewart will rebound in 2012 more than their faith in prospect Nolan Arenado, despite what the club might say.

    This deal, if straight-up, might be the best the Rockies can do.

    Give Dan O’Dowd credit, he finally got fed up with underproduction and is doing something about it. Whether all these moves will prove smart is another question but as of now, he’s showing patience does run out if a player is not getting it done on the field.

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