According to multiple reports, the Cubs have traded Tyler Colvin and D.J. LeMahieu to the Colorado Rockies for Ian Stewart and right-handed pitcher Casey Weathers.
The Cubs completed the long-rumored deal with the Rockies for Ian Stewart and received a pitcher in the deal, Casey Weathers, for two of the Cubs’ younger players on the roster … Tyler Colvin and D.J. LeMahieu.
With the subtraction of Colvin and LeMahieu and the addition of Stewart and Weathers, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 36 players.
Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers both have minor league options … Weathers was added to the Rockies 40-man roster following the 2010 season.
Weathers throws in the high 90s but has struggled with his command. In 44 games last season, all in relief, Weathers was 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP in 45 2/3 innings with 48 walks and 48 strikeouts.
Weathers had Tommy John surgery in October 2008 and was the Rockies’ first round pick in 2007 draft (eighth pick overall) out of Vanderbilt.
Baseball America ranked Weathers as the Rockies 14th best prospect prior to last season.
Ian Stewart will go into Spring Training as the Cubs starting third baseman. Stewart was injured in the first game of the Cactus League last spring and never got on track. Stewart compiled a .156/.243/.221/.464 line in 48 games with six doubles and no home runs. In 2010, Stewart hit .256/.338/.443/.781 with 14 doubles, two triples and 18 home runs in 121 games.
The first trade of the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer Era is complete … stay tuned.
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