Report: Cubs and Stewart Close to Parting Ways

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs and Ian Stewart are close on a deal that would allow Stewart out of his contract. The Cubs signed Ian Stewart to a one-year, $2 million contract in the off-season and he was suspended without pay for 10 days following his comments on Twitter two weeks ago.

Jon Heyman reported the two sides “are on the verge of working out an arrangement for Stewart to leave the organization” and the resolution is expected within a couple of days.

Theo Epstein recently said the Cubs have no intentions of releasing Stewart. If the Cubs were to release Stewart they would have to pay him the remainder of his contract. At the time of his suspension, the feeling was that the two sides would work out a financial settlement that would allow Stewart to move on and resume his career and in turn, the Cubs would not be on the hook for all of the $1 million he is still owed for this season.

Ian Stewart was reinstated from the suspended list on Saturday and is currently taking a roster spot in Iowa.

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  • Ray Ray

    What a finish! 2 goals in 17 seconds to win the cup! Congrats to the Hawks!!!

    • 07GreyDigger

      Who gave this a negative? That person stinks.

  • RynoTiger

    I see Pagan is undergoing surgery and could be out up to 12 weeks. hmm…..time for a Soriano trade?

    • John_CC

      I think SF is on his no-trade list.

      • RynoTiger

        show him the standings, remind him of his age…I bet he’ll reconsider :)

        • paulcatanese

          I think it’s the cool weather and the size of the outfield more than anything else as far as the Giants. Plus Pagan is a center fielder, or was the last time I checked, so they would have to move someone else to center, don’t think Pence can handle it there, and Soriono couldn’t handle right, anyway I’m off track here, but the park is too big for him.

          • calicub

            indeed, theyve moved gregor blanco over to center whose been their everyday LF’r

          • RynoTiger

            Calicub, so you’re saying the Giants need a LF’r now that Blanco has been moved to CF?

          • calicub

            I’m not sure about that. From the way it came across it sounded as though the Giants prefer Blanco in LF. It’s all vey puzzling to me since Andres Torres manned center for a couple of years previously although he’s obviously not an everyday player in my book.

            Don’t forget the Giants as a team did not hit a single homerun in 90 innings earlier this month, so I think it’d be an easy sell to them (assuming Cubs kick in the dough) on him, it’s selling him on them

            It was mark twain who said the coldest winter I ever felt was a summer in San Francisco and that won’t be easy for his bad knees, couple that with a lofty outfield and being 3 timezones in the wrong direction from his family in the DR I can’t imagine him waiving his NTC.

            But that’s just my two cents as they say..

  • paulcatanese

    Stewart working out a deal is best for both concerns, although Epstein will think twice before he gets into another situation like this one.
    If I were Stewart I wouldn’t hold my breath for a letter of reference.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I noticed that Your SF Giants are a mere .500 team these days. They’re starting rotation isn’t good enough anymore–21st in the world in quality starts–what with Tim Lincecum sporting a -1 WAR, a 1.39 WHIP, 9 HR allowed, and just stinking up the joint generally.

    Barry Zito is a nightmare: 86 IP with 102 H allowed.

    And the man with an even higher ERA than those two illustrious stars, Matt Cain.

    Throw in injuries to Vogelsong and Gaudin, and they ought to be desperate even to consider Feldman and Garza. If only they were desperate enough to consider Edwin Jackson! LOL

    • 07GreyDigger

      Matt Cain may have a higher ERA, but as you know long range stats don’t tell the whole story. Cain’s numbers are a victim of a bad April. Let’s see the WHOLE story.

      April: 6.49 ERA 1.298 WHIP
      May: 3.48 ERA 1.069 WHIP
      June: 3.58 ERA 0.980 WHIP

    • calibri

      Zito is only a nightmare on the road. His home/road splits are incredible.

  • DWalker

    He Gone! Marmol too!

    • triple

      That may be the first time I wouldn’t mind hearing the Hawk utter those words!

  • Bredstik

    It looks like the Cubs have released Ian Stewart and designated Carlos Marmol for assignment.

    Brian Bogusevic coming up from AAA.