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Report: Cubs to re-sign non-tendered third baseman Ian Stewart

Dec 6, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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Ian Stewart, reportedly healthy again after wrist surgery, is set to re-sign with the Cubs, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that it’s a one-year, $2 million deal with up to $500,000 in incentives.

Stewart hit .156/.243/.221 in 122 at-bats for the Rockies in 2011 and .201/.292/.335 in 179 at-bats with the Cubs last year, but the hope is that the wrist surgery will allow him to turn his career around at age 27 next year.

Once considered one of the game’s top prospects, Stewart never met expectations in Colorado. Still, he wasn’t a complete bust, either, hitting .246/.334/.454 with 53 homers in 1,077 at-bats from 2008-10. As weak as the third-base market is this winter, it made more sense for the Cubs to give him another shot than it did to overspend for an outsider.

  1. edelmanfanclub - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Not sure why Stewart continues to get contracts at the major league level. He is not good. I mean you even said it. .246/.334/.454 at COORS FIELD. He’s a .223 career hitter away from Coors. He should be a minor league contract candidate at this point. Nothing against him, I just find him to be still overrated from his prospect days.

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I thought people were begging Theo to play for a team that lost 100 games.

    oh boy, long year in Chi-town……………

  3. cubfan531 - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Solid defense and the potential for left-handed power in an extremely thin third base market isn’t the worst thing in the world.

    Of course, I do think Stewart knows this is his last chance. If he can’t be a useful player in 2013, he’s likely headed for a lifetime of minor league contracts with spring training invites, or Japan.

  4. Chris K - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    I’ll bet Garrett Atkins is yelling at his agent right now.

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