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Ian Stewart and the Cubs are about to part ways

Jun 25, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

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Ian Stewart went and got himself suspended for ten games for telling the world that he thinks the Cubs hate him and that he’d be better off someplace else. Now, Jon Heyman reports, he’s about to be someplace else. Or, at the very least, out of the Cubs organization:

Third baseman Ian Stewart and the Cubs are on the verge of working out an arrangement for Stewart to leave the organization, people familiar with the situation said. This comes two weeks after he expressed frustration with his situation via a couple of revealing tweets.

The resolution allowing him to move to another organization is expected to come within a couple of days.

Considering he’s on a guaranteed $2 million contract I’m not exactly sure what Stewart would agree to other than an outright release. And given that Stewart is batting just .168/.286/.372 in 133 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level, I’m not sure who else would be all that interested in his services.

  1. pisano - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    He’s sure to get a lot of attention from other teams, especially with that .168 ba. at triple A. With stats like that, it’s best to be seen and not heard.

    • robmoore - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Well, to be honest, with a .168 BA being seen is not really a winning strategy either. It might be best to to be heard in hopes of distracting people from seeing.

  2. yahmule - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Dan O’Dowd is endowed with far less than average intelligence.

  3. nsauser - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Leave it to Jon Heyman to come up with such hard hitting analysis.

  4. jeffbbf - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Well…Stewart doesn’t have to “agree” to an outright release. The only leverage the Cubs have is playing time. I’m assuming any agreement would include a payout of something less than what he is owed for the remainder of the season. Why would Stewart accept? Maybe under the threat that his playing time will be reduced to a pinch hitter for the rest of the year, thus giving him no chance to prove himself to other teams for next year – not that he was doing much of that before the suspension

    • albertmn - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      I think you missed Craig’s point. It isn’t that Stewart is agreeing to an outright release. It is that he likely won’t agree to any OTHER agreement, such as a buyout to just go away for half the money or something.

      If the Cubs are stuck paying him the $2 million, they should send him down to single A, and make him ride the buses for a while and suffer a little for his money. Of course, that runs the risk of him tainting your young players on the way up. But, they might threaten him with that and hope he would take less money to go home instead of the entire $2 million to ride it out in the minors.

  5. blaine2517 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Remarkable that Dan O’Dowd outsmarted Theo Epstein. Rockies ended up getting two quality major leaguers( Tyler Colvin and D.J. LeMahieu) for a third baseman who can’t hit outside of Coors field and a closer with arm problems(Casey Weathers). Colvin likely will next year in RF or 1B when Helton retires while DJ Lemahieu will start at 2B for the foreseeable future. While Dan O’Dowd deserves considerable criticism over many of his decisions, he deserves praise when he makes moves like this trade and getting CarGo in the Matt Holliday trade.

    • tmohr - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Colvin and LeMahieu are “quality major leaguers?” Interesting definition of quality you have there.

  6. lazlosother - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I just can’t shake the sinking feeling that the Yanks will take a flyer here. *&%!@%$*&!

  7. 11thstreetmafia - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    A swing and a miss.

  8. azkev - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    This is about as good a day the Cubs have had in a while- getting rid of Stewart and Marmol in the same day. Can Sveum please be next?

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