Ian Stewart’s Future with the Cubs Appears in Doubt

The Cubs might have finally had enough and moved on from Ian Stewart. According to a report from Patrick Mooney, the Cubs have lost patience with Stewart and “it’s hard to picture how he ever gets back into the team’s plans again.”

This comes in the wake of Wednesday’s announcement that Ian Stewart had cleared waivers and was outrighted off the 40-man roster to Triple-A Iowa. Stewart has yet to play with the I-Cubs after being optioned down to the minors last Friday. The way Stewart handled his demotion, choosing to leave the team he was rehabbing with because he could, has apparently rubbed the front office the wrong way. And his latest move comes after he decided last year to go “off the grid,” as Comcast SportsNet reported it, and rehab on his own.

According to reports from Patrick Mooney and Gordon Wittenmyer, Stewart’s decision to take the 72 hours before reporting to the team he was rehabbing with after being optioned down, surprised and ticked off the front office.

The Cubs are still on the hook for the entire $2 million contract they signed him to less than a week after he was non-tendered as long as he remains in the organization, or the Cubs release him.

While the three players they have given up for Stewart may or may not end up being productive big league ballplayers, the system as a whole would be just a little deeper if Tyler Colvin, D.J. LeMahieu and Jeff Beliveau were still with the organization.

The Cubs felt and gambled on Stewart being a change of scenery guy and that he would be able to get his baseball career back on track with the Cubs. To this point, the front office has swung at and missed with Stewart twice … and it does not appear there will be a third time.

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  • BosephHeyden

    They may as well just cut him. Signing him to the $2 million contract was an incredibly dumb move, and they may as well just cut their losses and get him off the team so there’s no temptation for Iowa to play him.

    • DWalker

      send him down another level and bench him. With his ego he might actually walk away and give up the 2 mil or whatever part of it he hasn’t already “earned”.

      • Brp921

        Keep him and bench him send him down whatever but make him earn that money one way or another. I’d go for some long bus rides for 2 million bucks.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, as Stewart knows all too well not to quit but get fired, that way he can collect the money.
      Also agree if he does not leave on his own to ship him so far down in the system, let him ride buses and play him once every two weeks, then
      only as a pinch runner and pull him after he takes a leadoff.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Obviously this has not worked out and I’m very impressed by Valbuena’s play as of late, but $2 million is a drop in the bucket for baseball teams. The Cubs really lost nothing based on this signing and considering the other options for third base this offseason, Stewart wasn’t a bad choice at the time. I’m not sure how I would have felt if they spent $4 million on Jeff Keppinger or Jack Hannahan.

      Hindsight is always 20/20.

      • BosephHeyden

        There were a number of cheaper, lesser known third basemen available, as well as Luis Valbuena. If the team wants to play the “rebuild mode” card, rehabbing a third baseman who didn’t benefit from a change of scenery once wasn’t the way to go.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Like who?

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  • Dorasaga

    It’s kinda funny why Stewart thinks he’s not a “damaged good.” He’s been a good and promising 3B earlier in the career, and we as fans saw what those flashes of brilliance, on the field and at the plate. But boy, he got hurt and too many times. Real Major League regulars stay healthy (discipline) and utilize the team resources to help him get back on track (smart). Why Stewart cannot do both? Well, false pride has always been vice, no matter which Century each player or the Cubs were and are.

    • 07GreyDigger

      That’s very true. In all walks of life, how you rebound from the hard times is how you get through life. It sounds like he still has a lot of resentment and unrest toward the Rockies organization.