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Ian Stewart last night offered perhaps the greatest tweet I’ve ever seen:


Just being nice? Maybe. Either way, suddenly, I want the Cubs to sign Stewart to a 10-year extension. With 10 options years thereafter. And a personal services contract for another 30 years after that. And I want them to give him a rice crispy treat. A big one. The kind with chocolate chips. Big ones.

Unfortunately, Stewart’s future with the Cubs is uncertain, after the third baseman announced he’ll be undergoing surgery on his troublesome wrist next week (Tuesday), and could miss the rest of the season. As I noted before, although Stewart is eligible for arbitration again after this season, the Cubs may elect to non-tender him, and try to work out a (less expensive) one-year deal thereafter.

And, now that we know Ian reads BN, we’ll just have to hope he sticks to the articles, and avoids the comments.

(A big thanks to BN’er Rylan for posing the question.)

  • Fishin Phil

    Hi Ian!

    Hope you have a succesful surgery and a speedy recovery!

  • @cubsfantroy

    Ian is a great guy and loves to interact with the fans. Gotta love that about him.

  • magilljl

    “And, now that we know Ian reads BN, we’ll just have to hope he sticks to the articles, and avoids the comments.”

    – that was my first thought when I read the tweet, haha.

  • Karen P

    That is one big epic Win, my friend.

  • Spencer

    EPIC TROLL: Ian Stewart is BetterNews.

    • Featherstone

      Mind = Blown

    • Bric

      Ian, you’re hilarious. But now that we know Better news is actually you, you can stop calling yourself Spencer. Your cover was obvious from the start anyway. “Spencer” spelled backwards is “Ian Stewart alias Better News”. I saw through your deception months ago.

      • Spencer


  • rylan

    He is just a crazy awesome guy.

  • Jeff

    I like Ian Stewart, I hope the surgery fixes the problem and he comes back healthy next year. 2.5M is nothing to renew his contract compared to the millions of dollars that we have wasted on other players. Good defensive third baseman that hit left-handed aren’t easy to come by.

    • mjhurdle

      totally agree. His defense is very good, and hopefully getting his wrist fixed will help his performance at the plate. I would not mind one bit if the Cubs worked out a cheap, one-year deal (maybe loaded with incentives) and gave him a chance to come back and show that he is not the player he was while he was hurt.

  • hansman1982

    “just being nice? Maybe”

    Eh, I don’t think he does “just being nice”. I will say I do love his late night tweet sessions, between him and Anthony Giansanti, I have all the Cubs hookups I need.

    • Katie

      I do love reading their tweets. Both interact with fans, not just cleat chasers.

  • Featherstone

    Best of Luck Ian, I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you next year in a Cubs uniform.

  • Dougy D

    Great D Stewart. Have a speedy and SUCCESSFUL recovery.

  • a_mazz_ing

    Here’s the real question. Is he going to donate to the blog-a-thon?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


      • Cerambam

        He might need that money more than you now….(hope he sticks to the articles)

  • Carew

    Im an Ian Stewart fan…and this is awesome

  • Grant

    He’s gotta understand if people are down on him this season after the number’s he’s put up – he’s pretty obviously disappointed with his performance as well. That said, he’s made some really impressive plays on defense, and if his wrist really has been what’s kept him from hitting, he may make a good rebound next year. I’m not ready to give up on him yet, but at the same time, I think any contract he’s given should be low base pay with lots of bonuses for performance.

    In short, it seems like he’s a good guy who plays the game the right way, he’s just been hindered by injuries, and it seems silly to give up on a guy based on his production during an injury-shortened/hindered season, particularly when our next best option at his position is a typically-underachieving guy in AAA (who, admittedly, may finally be starting to “get it.”)

    • Cubbie Blues

      You can’t use performance based bonuses.

      • hansman1982

        It would be sweet though…but then what would we as fans have to gripe about with Soriano?

      • Grant

        Albert Pujols new contract gives him $3M for 3,000 career hits, $7M for 763 HRs, and $875,000 for each Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, All-Star or MVP (season, LCS, or World Series). How are these not performance based bonuses?


        • Cubbie Blues

          Contracts are not performance based, they can have incentive amendments or clauses for awards, or allstar appearances, etc., but not XXX BA, XX HR, etc. It would be great if they could be like the NFL but unions don’t like them because then the monies are not guaranteed.

          • Grant

            Can you incentivize plate appearances or games? I could’ve sworn I’ve heard of cases where a player’s contract (typically for a player with a history of injuries) provides a low base salary, with bonuses for certain numbers of games played/plate appearances/etc. Maybe I’m thinking of a different sport, or maybe I’m full of crap altogether. I guess what I’m wondering is if there’s any way to structure a contract so that you’re not out much to a guy who spends most of the season on the DL, but where if he plays most every day, he gets paid along the lines of what he’d go for if he was healthy.

            • hansman1982

              You can provide bonuses for X IP, PA, or even provide for a vesting option year based on those items.

  • Rich

    I hope it goes well Ian. Surgery is always the last
    option, if ever.
    You have missed many other options. When someone says exploratory, that means they do not know.
    Please make sure to put as much range of motion with the wrist to break up scar tissue. I hope it goes well. Second opinion would have been huge

    • Drew7

      We’re all impressed, man. The fact that you know more about Ian Stewart’s wrist than the Cubs’ team doctors and the specialists they referred him to speaks to your vast knowledge of medicine.

      • Rich

        Hey Drew 7, I am a Cubs fan from Chicago. I also lived in Cleveland for 8 years and had privileges with the Cleveland Clinic. Now while I did not exam Ian Steward and only know what I have read, I can tell you that I am speaking in general terms.

        The general terms are that my knowledge of healthcare I promise surpasses yours. I have been a doctor for 15 years and frankly have many opinions of the so-called greatness of the Cleveland Clinic. That organization is a business machine, not a healing machine FYI.

        In general the specialists you mention, have done what? Gave him an injection. Now again and the MRi report was negative. Now surgery ? Again, since you hit my nerve, for what? I can say that I want the best for him or anyone else for that matter that is in pain or having problems. But in my office, we see medical surgical failures daily. Surgery can be wonderful like doing a Tommy John procedure. Many times it is not the better choice. While I will never talk about health on this board, I do not apologize for being passionate and caring about people. Sadly, people feel that surgery is their ONLY option without understanding that it can backfire tremendously.

        While you ( or I ) have no direct knowledge of the Cubs medical experts, I will say that when you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

        Don’t assume that you know my background, training and knowledge because I am passionate about helping people BEFORE surgery. I was able to bring something called PRP grafting to my office and help people without the need for surgery. We offer specific medical care, state of the art rehab, chiropractic and nutritional optimization. I promise you that I do now know the details of Ian’s injury, but 95% of the time, I can get him better without surgery.

        It is sad to see a 12.00 / hour employee get talked into a carpal tunnel surgery or a minimally invasive surgical procedure to suffer later with the side effects. A Tommy John surgery is a repairing surgery. Most surgeries are chasing symptoms and not the actual problem. Assuming that a shot, pill or surgery is the final answer is silly.

        If you want to insult me, take a look at my background and experience first. I am not trying to sound impressive, just trying to educate the masses on other options. Not sure if you realize the health in this country is the exception not the rule. I would place a bet that I could help this young man more effectively and have him on the field in 3-4 weeks without surgery.

        I apologize for my long post Cubs fans…and sorry Brett….I will not post debatable topics and stick to baseball and the Cubs…

        I love the site.

        • Bric

          We all get a little wordy sometimes but it was worth the read. Not saying I agree or not, but still interesting. “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. -Good stuff.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    If he’s reading this, then I wonder if Ian can tell us how it felt to be told that he was too ugly to be in the Rolling Stones.  Also, what is a dead Brit keyboardist doing playing baseball, anyway?

    • Stinky Pete

      Who the hell are you to say what dead people can and can’t do? Last I knew, this was America and… What? He’s British? Awwww… What the hell is he doing playing baseball?

      (Tongue occupying cheek)

    • Ogyu

      Come to think of it, perhaps Carlos Marmol is a dead rock star. Could explain his tendency to spontaneously combust…

  • Blitzenjohn

    I’m one that would like to see what Stewie can do when healthy.

  • Ogyu

    So, I wonder if Stewart saw the post here a few days ago by the guy who said he could fix his wrist problem in a couple weeks without surgery. (I know I always shop for medical treatment on blogs…) 😉

  • John Moore

    It is my understanding a brief exploratory scope will be done, prior to surgery to confirm what they believe at 99.9% to need the surgery to follow. My hats off to Ian for his perisitence that there “really” was an issue that was hindering his performance, and also to the Doctors that have found that his assumptions were true. Wishing Ian a speedy and productive recovery. Would love the Cubbies to resign him

    • Zimmer, Don the name

      you want a career .232 hitter signed??………becuz??

      how bout we sign a .292 hitter……you know to maybe freakin win!

      • AB

        “you want a career .232 hitter signed??………becuz??”

        to annoy people like you who annoy us with your teeny-bopper spelling.

        • Rick Vaughn


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  • Cub Gone Wild

    still don’t think he’s any good. hope the surgery works for him. he might be a nice guy but that doesn’t make him a good baseball player. still hope he gets his wrist fixed and can catch on with another team.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Underwood signed for $1.05 million. Thats $280,400 overslot. Kind of was hoping we could sign him for less. Little disappointed

    • nkniacc13

      that gives the cubs 3.9 to sign Almora without losing a draft pick. It woulld have been nice to get him cheaper if that ment signing another tough sign later in the draft but it is what it is

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    I think since Underwood got $280,400 overslot that means Almora is going to basically use the rest of $3,922,895 money left. That means Rhett Wisemann definitely isn’t signing and I don’t think we’ll have enough money to sign Damek Tomscha, Blake Hickman, Jake Drossner, William Fisher, Bryan Bonnell, Christian Botnick. I think we’ll only get 2 of those guys. But I can’t tell you how much I hate Scott Boras. This sucks because now I see Almora getting around $500,000 overslot to sign Almora. Extremely disappointing that we signed Underwood for that much overslot because that just opens the flood gates for Boras

    • nkniacc13

      I figured he’d get a bit over slot because he’s one of the yonugest players in the draft

  • Jack Weiland

    I have never and will never understand the Scott Boras hate. You know it’s his job to get guys as much as possible, right? Is he supposed to not do his job as well as he can? Insanity.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      Boras is doing his job and does his job well, so that suppose to mean we like him? He could cost the cubs 2-3 good prospects by having to sign Almora a big overslot. I have no allegiance to Boras, but I do to the Cubs and he is not doing the cubs any favors and I know its not his job to but I can’t stand his pompous, arrogant negotiating tactics

      • nkniacc13

        we don’t know what it would cost to sign some of the tougher to sign picks they may not be willing to sign unless its 350k or more . Boras is doing his job with Almora better than he’s doing it with Appel.

      • Jack Weiland

        I neither like nor dislike him. Don’t know him, never met him. There are things other than “love” and “hate” though, right? Or did I miss a class?

        In his baseball life he gets paid by guys to get them as much money as possible. I’m totally cool with him doing his job as well as he can, and see no reason fans should universally loathe a guy for something like that. I think feeling otherwise is really irrational and strange.

        And furthermore: I like to limit my worrying to things I can control. Nobody can control what happens in a negotiation between Scott Boras and a megarich owner (a person that is generally far, FAR wealthier than the players Boras is trying to drive up the price on). We also probably don’t know more than 10% of what happens during any given negotiation. It’s senseless.

        • Serious Cubs Fan

          Ok jump on me for saying hate if you want. I dont hate him but I don’t like him. I wish he was everyone of the Cards, Brewers, White sox, Yanks players agents but not our players.

          • Jack Weiland

            Not about you. Not being sarcastic there, people just bag on Boras (and other “superagents”) all the time. I’ve just never understood it. He’s just a guy doing his job to me.

            • Boogens

              Agreed but the difference for me is that because Boras is focused on getting the best individual deal for the players he represents he doesn’t place any value on being a steward of the game of baseball. In many cases the deals he is able to strike (because of his skill) are detrimental to the game and, like SCF, I don’t like it.

          • Jack Weiland

            Hahah and I do share your same wish. I wish all the Cubs’ players were represented by some really nice guy, doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers, would be totally surprised and blown away by the first offer any time.

            That would rule. I’m guessing other teams would be PISSED though.

  • Rich

    Would love to have a healthy Ian to see
    If he can produce offensively I don’t know
    what his future holds.
    Surgery can be avoided as many procedures
    do not require surgery.

    I am guessing based on his previous fracture that
    they will shave some bones to allow for less pressure.
    This is about as archaic as tubes in a kids ears.

    I am sorry to vent on the board. Back to
    Baseball discussions. It is frustrating to see people misinformed
    by aggressive orthos when other simple procedures can be
    More effective. You cannot undo a surgery.

    I hope he comes back pain free and hits .400
    Let’s get our number one signed soon.

  • hardtop

    really? i know at least one guy on BN he does not “love”

  • TampaCubsphan35

    Valbuena is now hitting .206. He’s a had a couple of clutch hits and some nice plays at 3rd, but obviously is not the long term answer. I thinks it time to give Josh Vitters his call up from Iowa and see what he can do in the 2nd half. If JV can’t hit better than .210 in 81 games well then I think we need to rethink a healthy Ian Stewart in 2013. Any thoughts????

    • Coldneck

      Small sample sizes for Valbuena. Though it could be argued that his .224/.282/.351 slash line in over 800 ABs makes it clear he’s not a valid replacement.

      • hardtop

        for who? definitely not a valid replacement for Aramis Ramirez.

    • hansman1982

      too early on Vitters…if his present hitting is what it is, let him spend more time developing confidence and working on his fielding. If you keep him in Iowa all year it lets you bring Stewart back next spring and give him a 2.5 month look to see if the surgery fixed things and would gain an extra year of control while avoiding Super-2.


      • djriz

        or, bring him up for a few weeks right after the all star break, let him see what he needs to improve his play, then delay his start by two weeks next year.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          A few weeks in September is a little more likely.

      • the legendary Dallas Green

        stewart is a lifetime .232 hitter. lifetime UZR of -0.3. best year was a 1.5 WAR.

        there is NO win-win in stewart except taking up at-bats for Vitters who the cubs invested a #1 pick, 5 yrs of minor league training, and lots of cubbie hype. Come Sept at the latest, time to let the kid play……….see what we got. 2012 lost year; team sucks anyway; no reason not to play him. stewart no part of the future; seen enough to know; he was injured all along; yet the Boy Wonder traded for him. Next!

        • Featherstone

          I agree with parts of your argument, but the time and pick invest have nothing to do on whether he gets called up. Those are sunk costs and have no bearing on future decisions. If he gets called up its because he earned it through his work. Also, why the need to bash Theo/Jed on the trade, we all knew that Stewart was a fill-in. Wasn’t the best trade hes made, but its still early and I think the FO has done a pretty good job so far.

      • Featherstone

        While a great idea in theory, I think Vitters will get a September call-up to grab a cup of coffee and then a long hard look in Spring Training. This is all assuming he continues his good work in Iowa and he can become passable with the glove. Unlike the Rizzo situation with Lahair already in place, there is no one blocking Vitters. If he wins the job in Spring Training its his to keep.

  • Big Joe

    I’ve never sat in on contract negotiation between Boras and any GM. Apparently, a poster from a previous comment has done just that. Please explain the “pompous and arrogant tactics” that he employs. Like someone else said, he’s doing his job, and doing it well. He does it within the rules. He doesn’t owe the Cubs, or any other team, in any other sport, a break…a discount…or any special treatment. He’s paid well, because he makes sure his clients are paid well. Any highly-touted draftee would be an absolute fool not to seek his representation. The Cubs will have to find a middle ground with him, within the rules, and make things happen. Boras isn’t the devil just because he’s intelligent.

  • donnie kessinger

    Good luck to Ian… I had hoped it would have worked out better. It seemed like a worthwhile gamble.

  • http://bleachernation.com lou brock lives

    Almora’s contract negotiations are small potatoes in the big scheme of things for Scott Boras.
    The Cubs will be spending tens of millions on Boras ML clients- free agents – in the next few years so it is logical to conclude that he will not try to rip off or piss off Cub management over this Almora contract.
    This deal will get done & for slot or only slightly higher very soon.

    • Cyranojoe

      If Almora signs for slot, I will attempt a backflip and fail, landing on my head, making me a paraplegic. Do you really want that on your conscience? 😉

  • Josh

    That’s awesome. Except I kind of feel bad now because I rip on him and Soto a lot. Oh well, it’s pro sports I’m sure he is used to it.