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Ian Stewart reinstated from suspension at AAA Iowa

Jun 23, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

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As first reported by Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register, the Cubs officially reinstated third baseman Ian Stewart on Saturday evening at Triple-A Iowa following his 10-game team-issued suspension.

Stewart was charged with violating the loyalty clause in his contract earlier this month when he tweeted disparagingly about the Cubs organization and his standing in it. “The Cubs are done with me,” is what the 28-year-old wrote specifically. “There [sic] going to let me rott [sic] in AAA all season and then non tender me after. … I think (manager Dale Sveum) doesn’t like me and he’s running the show.”

Stewart is batting just .168/.286/.372 in 133 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level.

  1. sickcub - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    What a terrible move by the Cubs-gave up young players for a slug like Stewart.

  2. chrisrsports - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Not really a big deal. They only gave up Tyler Colvin, who’s not doing much better.

    • tuberippin - Jun 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Colvin’s 2012 was already better than anything Ian Stewart has done at the ML level…

    • tuloisgod - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Actually, the Cubs gave up Colvin and D.J. LaMahieu to the Rockies. Both have been contributors to the Major League club, both last season and this one, which is more than you can say for Stewart. He always was overrated, and his attitude shows him to be a cancer. One of the few moves Rockies’ G.M. Dan O’Dowd has made that actually panned out.

  3. shawon0meter - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Can’t believe there just going to let him rott

    • paperlions - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      They aren’t letting him rot. They are leaving him in AAA until he shows he can figure out how to hit again. As mentioned below, his contract is guaranteed. They get nothing if they dump him, but there is a non-zero chance that he can figure things out and be useful….may as well see if they can get something for their money.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        You’re right, they’re not letting him rot.

        They’re letting him rott.

      • paperlions - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        I am sure you meant “There letting him rott.”

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM


      • paperlions - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM


        As in, “a remote chance”. Not a good chance, but also not no chance.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Is that a double negative?

      • paperlions - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Zero is neither positive or negative.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Sorry about your Kozma! by the way.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Is it true that he actually raised his OPS while suspended?

  5. chrisrsports - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    He can’t hit, his contract is guaranteed, and he’s been defiant to his bosses. Why not let him rot? If he can show an attitude change, maybe give him another shot to see if he can hit. Otherwise, Valbuena & Ransom can keep the hot corner warm for Kris Bryant.

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