From the Wire … Ian Stewart Clears Waivers, Outrighted to Triple-A Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs outrighted Ian Stewart to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. Stewart cleared waivers and was removed from the Cubs 40-man roster. Stewart has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa and will have to remain with the I-Cubs in order to receive the $2 million contract he signed with the Cubs in the off-season.

Ian Stewart reported to Triple-A after he was optioned down to the minors but has yet to play in a game. The Cubs are on the hook for his entire salary, if he stays with the organization.

The move opens a spot on the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39 players.

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  • paulcatanese

    Oh Stewart will stay there, no place else he can make 2 mil without doing some work. Clearing waivers proves no one else wanted him either.

    • Tony_Hall

      Not exactly Paul. It means with him having not played yet this year, no one else wanted to pay him $2M to see if he can come back this year.

      • Brp921

        I was a big supporter of bringing him back because I believed he was hurt last year and could return to being a good defensive 3rd baseman with power. I supported his showing up at the deadline because it’s a long season and the reporting date was just that, the reporting date. I gave him the benefit of the doubt on his injury when some others here said they thought that he came to camp out of shape. But with all of these things piling up and now he takes an extra three days off when he didn’t need to, I’ve got to believe his plan was just to milk as much money out of the Cub’s that he can and then retire. Other teams must be seeing the same thing so I can’t see anyone else wanting him if he doesn’t turn things completely around. He just seems to have no enthusiasm to get back to being a good baseball player. What a waste .

        • Tony_Hall

          I agree, but for his $2M and now that he is off the 40 man roster, he needs to spend the year in Iowa or he doesn’t get paid. He may just get on the field at some point and hopefully show something, anything that he still wants to play.

          • DWalker

            realistically, a month from now if he still has in the neighborhood of a .100 BA and not much else, is he even going to be at Iowa?

          • Tony_Hall

            No chance.

      • paulcatanese

        Main thing is he is not with the Cubs, and if he is, it would mean he is tearing the cover off the ball.
        Deep down, I don’t think he ever wanted to be part of the Cub experience and used every means possible not to be so.

  • Neil

    From Bruce Miles: Removing Stewart from 40-man does not appear to be a precursor to any other move. #Cubs

  • John_CC

    Good move by the Cubs…or I guess I should say roster management…or just smart business. Now he has face the reality that his first round status no longer means anything. I don’t blame the FO for taking a chance on him or even resigning him. All the wiggle room Stewart had is gone after clearing waivers. He’s just another farm hand who is going to have to actually work for his keep, something that it doesn’t seem like he’s done much of in his career, certainly not in his cubs’ career. The FO has given him a huge demotion by out righting him to AAA, he clearly has no favor with the manager, and there is a guy in Luis Valbuena that wants the job more than him and is proving it everyday.

    It’s a bit sad and quite a shame that a kid with so much talent and potential has appeared to squander it. But I don’t feel the least bit sorry for him.

    • Tony_Hall

      Very well said John!

  • Ripsnorter1

    I saw a bumper sticker that somehow reminded me of Mr. Ian Stewart. It said:


    Appropriate, isn’t it?

    • SuzyS

      Yep, very appropriate.

  • SuzyS

    I’m in agreement with most commentators regarding Stewart…to this point he has been a waste of time…cost us several other players that might have contributed…(it wouldn’t be hard to contribute more than Stewart has)….Here’s the thing…unless he really starts contributing NOW…he’s still taking time away from people that might contribute in the future…(ie Vitters and possibly Lake when he comes back).
    I believe he has less then a month to show he has something before the Cubs look for an outright release. He certainly has NO trade value.

    • Ripsnorter1

      You are right, Suzy. He’s stealing time from some who could make the ML club.

      Just a pure dog. Imagine. Playing with the AAA Iowa team, and because your DL stint is up, but you aren’t hitting, the Cubs option you down to AAA, and he takes 3 days off as if he was flying in from CA or something.

      PURE DOG.

  • Tom U

    According to a tweet from Elliot Soto, Anthony Giansanti is being promoted back to Tennessee.

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