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Ian Stewart goes unclaimed on waivers, stays with Cubs at Triple-A

May 8, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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I wrote yesterday about how Ian Stewart wasn’t making any friends with the Cubs by basically taking a 72-hour vacation from the Triple-A team and today they outrighted the third baseman off the 40-man roster.

That means Stewart went unclaimed on waivers by the other 29 teams and will remain Cubs property at Triple-A, minus the 40-man roster spot. That makes a call-up even less likely, because they’d have to create a roster spot first.

It’s a non-issue for now because Stewart has hit .091 in 13 games so far and his $2 million contract made clearing waivers a no-brainer.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    The only guy who would claim a weak hitting player at a power position is the one who put him on waivers.

    So of course he went unclaimed.

    Actually, I bet there was a claim put in for him, but it was Theo who got excited and he already belonged to the Cubs.

  2. shwoogy1 - May 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Good one butt f*cker. Only you don’t have a clue of what you are talking about. Move along. Wipe the doo doo from your pecker.

    • tfbuckfutter - May 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      My, aren’t we a clever boy.

    • tfbuckfutter - May 8, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      And actually, I hate dignifying your idiotic post with an actual answer….but as someone who lived through YEARS of Sean Caseys and Casey Kotchmanns seeing time at 1st base, and Mark Kotsays and Dernell McDonalds and Joey Gathrights and Gabe Kaplers and Jay Paytons all seeing playing time at corner outfield….I do actually know what I’m talking about.

      Theo Epstein loves weak hitting players at power positions.

      He collects AAAA outfielders like they are pogs.

      Case in point….RYAN SWEENEY is on the major league roster…..AND DARNELL MCDONALD is at AAA.

      • baseballisboring - May 9, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        Basically everyone you mentioned were bench players, some of which saw some extra time when other people got hurt.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 9, 2013 at 6:53 AM

        They also blocked the progress of guys like Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick and David Murphy. You know, guys who actually had POTENTIAL (and turned into decent major leagues) instead of having already proven they couldn’t hack it at the major league level.

        Don’t forget, those guys also were taking up space at the AAA level too.

    • Old Gator - May 8, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      shwoogy, this blog is frequented by grownups. I doubt if you’re even legal age to be here.

      • shwoogy1 - May 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Oh I didn’t know the retirement home let you on the internet.

    • tuberippin - May 8, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      So much stupidity in one post. Breathtaking, really.

      Please heed your own advice; “move along” and don’t comment on things until you’re able to have a conversation without being derogatory for no reason.

  3. 13arod - May 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    just relesase him $2 millon for him and not doing good just cut him

  4. personalspaceinvader - May 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Stewart is a great example of what the floor is for prospects. He was as highly touted a prospect as Nolan Arenado in the Rox system once upon a time, made his way to the bigs (even if he didn’t deserve it), and fell off the face of the Earth. One of the untold stories about his time in Colorado is how many of the guys on the team (especially Tulo) didn’t believe in Stewart’s work-ethic and commitment to improving his craft. I am not surprised at where he is now. He’s a guy that “just doesn’t get it”.

    • tuberippin - May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      His career K rate in the minors didn’t help, either. There’s a fine line between having a Mark-Reynolds-esque strikeout level and having a Brett-Jackson-esque strikeout level, and Ian Stewart has continually toed that line to his own detriment. This will probably be the last few million he’ll make in the bigs; if he’s lucky, he can catch on with a minor-league deal in the future and hang around like Dallas McPherson used to after being “the next Troy Glaus” for the Halos for all those years after 2002.

      • elpendejo59 - May 9, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        It’s funny how Dallas McPherson was to become the next Troy Glaus, then Brandon Wood came along and essentially became the next Dallas McPherson. I’m not an Angels fan, but boy did I ignore PCL inflation and get irrationally excited about them both. Hindsight is a pretty good tool, it’s just a shame we have to wait to use it.

      • tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        Hey now, Brandon Wood was better than Troy Glaus….at striking out. 8% better for his career, in fact.

      • elpendejo59 - May 9, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        Hey tuberippin, it’s damn near 2am EST. Leave facts out of this. Also, I was just having a beer with Bobby Crosby and he urged me to remind you about that ROY award 9 years ago. He said he was pissed that Huston Street won it the next year (2005) and Andrew Bailey won in 2009. If you have any other questions see Hinske, Eric (2002). Just breaking your stones, man. I loved me some Hinske as a Braves bench bat for 2 of his 3 years. But, boy, do we get taken for a ride on prospects every once in a while. In a way, it’s fun. It’s hope and it makes the baseball world go ’round.

  5. mazblast - May 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    There’s knowing your team isn’t going to win for a while and not making a huge effort to fill holes at the major league level, and there’s having Ian Stewart as your 3B and Luis Valbuena as the Plan B.

    Sometimes I think Theo Epstein isn’t as smart as he thinks he is (who could be?). The rest of the time, I’m sure of it.

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