According to multiple reports, the Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Ian Stewart for $2 million that includes a $500,000 incentive package. The Cubs non-tendered Stewart prior to last Friday’s deadline. If Stewart reaches all of his incentives, he will receive $2.5 million, the same amount he would have likely received if the Cubs did not non-tender him. Stewart was paid $2.3755 million last season.
Stewart is reportedly healthy and recovered from the wrist surgery that cut short his first season with the Cubs.
Updated 4:21pm CST – According to the Tribune, Stewart signed a non-guaranteed deal and if he does not make the team out of Spring Training, the Cubs are off the hook for his contract.
The Cubs will have to make a roster move soon to open up a spot to add Kyuji Fujikawa, Nate Schierholtz and Ian Stewart. With the addition of Hector Rendon, the Cubs’ 40-man roster officially stands at 38 players. Ian Stewart managed just a .201/.292/.335/.627 line in 55 games (202 plate appearances) last season with five doubles, two triples and five home runs.
The Cubs have not confirmed the signing but it appears Ian Stewart is back in the fold which will push Luis Valbuena to a back-up infielder’s role.
Updated 4:06pm CST – Ian Stewart has confirmed he has re-signed with the Cubs on his Twitter account
Updated 4:10pm CST – Jed Hoyer confirmed the signing to Jesse Rogers of ESPN 1000.
Updated 4:25pm CST – Ian Stewart will go into Spring Training as the Cubs’ starting third baseman according to the Sun-Times. The Cubs are still looking for a right-handed hitting back-up for third base.
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