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Angels sign Ian Stewart to a minor league deal

Jan 22, 2014, 8:51 PM EDT

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register is reporting that the Angels have signed infielder Ian Stewart to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Stewart has had a rough go of it on the field over the last few years, but found himself in hot water last June when he went on Twitter and complained about how the Cubs were using him.

Stewart posted a .464 OPS in 136 plate appearances with the Rockies in 2011. He also missed time with a wrist injury and moved back and forth between the Majors and Triple-A Colorado Springs a couple times. After the season, the Cubs signed him as a free agent, but Stewart posted a meager .627 OPS in 202 plate appearances. In June, he suffered a wrist injury and went under the knife in July, ending his season.

Last season, Stewart strained his quadriceps early in spring training and missed the start of the season with Triple-A Iowa. He posted just a .657 OPS at Triple-A with the Cubs. They released Stewart in early July after he went public with his criticism. The Dodgers picked him up, but the results weren’t any better. With Triple-A Albuquerque, Stewart posted a .638 OPS.

While Stewart has spent a majority of his career at third base, he has experience playing second base and he can play either outfield corner or first base in a pinch. On a no-risk deal, it’s difficult to see the downside for the Angels, even with Stewart’s questionable history in terms of health, production, and behavior.

  1. pyleketerson - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Dude had some serious upside in Colorado for awhile. Not sure what happened after around 08? Injuries happen, but man it seems like a whole lot more with this guy…

  2. yourcubreporter - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    I’d wish him luck, but he wouldn’t know what to do with it… not enthused about someone willing to bite the hand that feeds him.

  3. yahmule - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Remarkable that this clown has a job anywhere.

  4. joestemme - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    How does the Red Sox 1-2 of Bucholtz and Lester not rank? They, actually won the World Series last year. Not saying they are as good as the Tiger’s combo, but, they did beat them AND the Cardinals just a few months ago.

    How soon we forget, eh?

  5. jpat2424 - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    D Bag

  6. tuberippin - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Angels needed someone to replace Brandon Wood as their preeminent “prospect that never took the next step.”

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