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The Dodgers sign Ian Stewart

Jul 5, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has the news on Twitter. Infielder Ian Stewart had a tumultuous stint with the Chicago Cubs over the last two seasons, making a series of provocative tweets about the organization, ultimately resulting in a suspension. Previously, he had done the baseball equivalent of a no-call, no show after being activated from the disabled list with Triple-A Iowa.

He did all that following two seasons in which he posted a .464 and .627 OPS at the Major League Level in 136 and 202 plate appearances, respectively. His Triple-A numbers weren’t much better, as Stewart’s OPS was at .657 in 133 PA with Iowa. Nevertheless, the signing is a low-risk flier for the Dodgers, who could stand to have some positional security in the event they suffer any more injuries during the second half of the season.

  1. mazblast - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    The same Dodgers who thought that Luis Cruz was fine as the incumbent 3B? Given all the sh**ty infielders they’ve had the last few years, I’m not surprised that they signed Stewart.

  2. Anoesis - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    *shifty? *shorty? *shanty? *shelty? Whatever do you mean?

    Every team has needs particularly the Dodgers after all the years of McCourt and Fox. Who would you have tried to sign this year? Who do they pursue in free agency next year? Martin Prado? Michael Young? Hey, maybe Derek Jeter?

    There’s Corey Seager at Great Lakes Class-A, but he won’t be able to help for at least another year or two. The Dodgers will need a few years to rebuild their minor-league system so anything at the big-league level will likely be a stop-gap, including Ian Stewart.

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