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Report: Yankees in talks with Ian Stewart for minor league deal

Jun 27, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman went off the handle earlier this week following a seemingly harmless Tweet from Alex Rodriguez, so it only makes sense that the club is currently showing interest in free agent third baseman Ian Stewart. That’s right, ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the two sides have been in touch about a potential minor league deal.

Of course, Stewart was released by the Cubs earlier this week after he completed a suspension for violating the “loyalty clause” in his contract by ranting about the organization on Twitter. The 28-year-old struggled through wrist injuries in 2011 and 2012 and was batting just .168/.286/.372 with five home runs through 40 games with Triple-A Iowa this season, so expectations are pretty low at this point, but there’s no harm in a minor league deal. Even if he doesn’t end up with the Yankees, he should find a new home relatively soon.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    What the hell are they even doing over there?

    Does Brian Cashman think if he acquires every terrible player Theo Epstein would, has, or someday may acquire he can somehow steal his youth and/or hairline?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Look on the bright side – the Yankees are already in touch with the best wrist surgeons.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        That’s what I call it when I masturbate.

        Getting in touch with the wrist surgeon.

  2. norvturnersneck - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    He’ll probably hit better than ARod anyway. .167 translates to .120 in the majors. That’s better than ARod is hitting now, and he’s 1/1000 the cost.

  3. pisano - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I knew as soon as I heard he was cut the Yankees would go after him. I said this about Boston before, and now it goes for the Yankees too, “Who in Gods name aren’t they interested” I guess people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  4. anxovies - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    ARod:……DL
    Youklis…..DL for season
    Nunez:…..DL
    Adams…..hitting .190
    Mustelier..who almost made the team in ST but was injured… DL w/SWB

    and you wonder why they are looking at Stewart?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      So what you’re saying is….their general manager acquired a bunch of injury prone players and now is trying to replace them with god-awful players who can’t even hack it in AAA?

      I feel like I can almost identify where the problem might be….

    • djpostl - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      Youk was always a gamble but NunE6z going down and staying down for a while has made things messier than anticipated at the hot corner.

      Adams started off good but, as with just about every hitter the Yankees acquire, it only took Long a month to turn him into a pull happy son of a bitch.

  5. pisano - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Great description of Nunez (NunE6z) the man with hands of stone.

    • jk55299 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Talk about a guy who blew his chance. Not his fault of course, some of it was injuries but man….

  6. raybrower - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Given the way sun has shined up the Yankees ass this year I’m sure Stewart will look like an All Star for the rest of the year.

  7. tigersfandan - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Does anyone else find it odd that Cashman is looking to acquire a player that got in hot water for making remarks that upset his former employers?

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Cashman is desperate…all his signings/trades have been disappointing to say the least.

      And since Yankee ownership is no longer willing to order Cashman to go out and ‘buy’ whomever they want (Mondesi!) he’s trying the bargin bin approach.

      Cashman! Csshman!

      • jk55299 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        I don’t think there is as much out there as there used to be.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        That’s true, but what about doing it the old-school way, i.e., promoting someone from AAA?

        Oh that’s right, the Yankees farm system is kinda blah

        Jesus Montreo : overrated
        Edwardo Nunez: overrated
        Austin Romine: overrated

        Cashman has been asleep at the wheel for too long….he should be fired asap.

        Old George would NEVER put up with this mediocrity!

  8. coryfor3 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    He’s got power? Really? Is this 5 years ago?

    • jk55299 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Cashman thinks so. This team would win 120 games if it were 2006

  9. jk55299 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    This is terrible. If you have ever played in the Major Leagues and you need a job the Yankees will hire you. I am surprised they haven’t signed Randy Velarde.

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