From the Wire … Cubs Release Ian Stewart

The Cubs announced on Tuesday that the team cut ties with third baseman Ian Stewart. The team suspended Stewart for 10-games two weeks ago in response to the comments he made about the organization on Twitter. The Cubs used the loyalty clause in his contract as a way to discipline Stewart for his actions.

Stewart’s unpaid suspension was upheld and he was granted his unconditional release.

The Cubs acquired Ian Stewart from the Rockies on the final day of the Winter Meetings in 2011. Stewart struggled with injuries last season before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair long term damage to his wrist. The Cubs re-signed Stewart last winter less than a week after not tendering him a contract for the 2013 season. The Cubs signed Stewart to a $2 million contract that included an incentives clause.

Stewart spent the off-season reportedly working on his hitting with Rod Carew. Stewart injured his left quad on his first at bat of an Intrasquad game in late February. After admitting he was not ready to play at the big league level as he tried to work himself back from the quad injury, the Cubs activated him from the DL on May 3 and optioned him to Iowa.

Stewart, who was with the team, decided to leave Iowa for the three days that players are allowed after being optioned down to the minors. Stewart’s actions did not sit well with the front office and he was designated for assignment less than five days later. After a conversation with Theo Epstein, Stewart decided to accept the assignment knowing he would not receive the remainder of his $2 million contract if he did not stay in the organization.

Financial terms of the settlement have not yet been released.

Stewart’s agent, Larry Reynolds, said “the release is probably best for all parties involved” and he “expects Ian back in the big leagues at some point in the near future.”

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  • TheWrongGuy

    This is obviously a good thing.

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Castro’s finally getting a breather tonight.

    • Ray Ray

      Finally!

    • calicub

      I’ve got my money on a pinch hit appearance to keep his streak alive

  • John_CC

    I find it interesting how this FO seems to make moves in bulk. Both of the releases today were foreseeable and maybe even overdue but I just wonder, what it is that makes them decide to do it all at once?

    • Tony_Hall

      Do you pull the band-aide off little by little, or do you just rip it off? I saw rip it off.

      Anyone they don’t think they can get something in return for that doesn’t have a needed role for the rest of 2013 and isn’t signed for 2014, will be cut soon, to create room up and down the system.

    • Dorasaga

      It probably has to do with the date. July jump-starts the international signing and trade hotlines. While the open-window for the deals being short, the last thing GMs want to worry are useless pieces that occupy a roster spot.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Close the books on the Ian Stewart/Casey Weathers for DJ LeMaheius and Colvin trade.

    We got skunked.

    • calicub

      Yes indeed. 0/2. They should have listened to Tom U b/c DJ just continues to hit.

      • Tom U

        Thanks for the unsolicited testimonial!

    • 07GreyDigger

      Terrible trade. DJ Lemahieu may become the next Skip Schumaker in route to a stint in the hall of eh.

      • Dorasaga

        Don’t know about that. Lemahieu has been non-contributing on-road (without the Coors Effect): .255/.268 /.327 — a sub with limited playtime.

        • 07GreyDigger

          A little sarcasm ain’t hurt nobody.

          • Dorasaga

            I like Skip Schumi. :-))

    • John_CC

      I’m glad there is something for you to feel good about it in all this!

    • Tony_Hall

      Yep, bad trade that offsets the good trade they made with the Reds. But between the 2 trades, T Wood is the best player traded in those early days of Theo taking over.

      • John_CC

        And soon the Cubs will get a younger useful player and/or prospects for Feldman (even though he is the equal to Volstad) and for Schierholtz (a washed prospect that will never make it) and who knows what else. But we lost big with Colvin and DJ!

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Tough to get skunked when neithet team got any impact. The trade was “eh,” on both sides. I doubt anyone will lose sleep on either side.

          And hey you win some and lose some. Like when he was in Boston. But overall Theo wins more than he loses and has out system setting up to be among the best in baseball. Overall it’s tough to say he hasn’t done a great job.

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  • Ray Ray

    Then why did he wait until June 25th to give Castro a day off?? I wish they would DFA Sveum next.

    RT @brucemiles2112: With Castro, Hoyer said he doesn’t favor players playing every game and that days off are needed

    • JasonPen

      Sveum is doing what he can with a crappy team. It’s not his fault. Why does everyone always want to fire the manager when its the team that stinks. I can see if we had a roster full of all-stars, but come on.

      Coaching stability and consistency wins. Changing managers every year is a horrible idea. I know its a different sport, but look at the NFL. The Steelers have had 3 coaches in their entire history and they win.

      Bruce Bochy (Giants) started out with 71 and 72 wins… was he fired? Nope, and now he’s won 2 of the last 3 World Series.

      By your logic the Cardinals should have fired Tony LaRussa after he only won 73 games his second year. And definitely after only winning 75 games in year 4…

    • 07GreyDigger

      Very true JasonPen. Ray, have you seen this roster? Of course Sveum is doing awful. If LaRussa had that bullpen, the team would have 36 wins instead of 31.