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.