ian stewart cubsOuch for Stewart, and slightly for the Cubs.

Today the Chicago Cubs announced that they had removed third baseman Ian Stewart from the 40-man roster. To do so, Stewart was waived, went unclaimed, and was outrighted to AAA Iowa, where he was already. That means that no team even wanted Stewart – and his $2 million salary – on its 40-man roster for free. That’s a fairly damning indictment of where he stands with respect to other teams right now (though teams often resist the urge to claim guys like Stewart in these situations so that they, themselves, can call upon the good graces of their fellow MLB organizations when they’ve got an injured/struggling non-prospect/non-youngster they want to send to the minors).

The move, it seems, was not immediately necessary, as the Cubs aren’t hurting for a 40-man roster spot just yet. Then again, it’s always nice to have a little room, and the 40-man now stands at 39. Maybe we’ll learn in the next few days that the Cubs had their eye on a waiver claim.

As for what the move says about Stewart’s future with the Cubs … well … as we’ve been discussing over the last few days, something never seemed quite right. It’s possible the Cubs were admitting that they’d made a mistake in re-signing him, hoped another team would take him off their hands, and, when no team was willing, they’ve decided to let him sit at AAA Iowa until they figure out whether he’s worth the roster spot there. For his part, Stewart accepted the assignment to Iowa so that he could keep his $2 million contract. If the Cubs resort to releasing him, he gets that money either way.

I guess, at this point, you call him depth – he’s spending a lot of time on Iowa’s bench as it is. And when Junior Lake returns to the Iowa roster from his rib injury, the starts will be even tougher to come by.

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    How much of a dumb ass does Theo and Jed look for telling Aramis Ramirez to walk! This front office is a joke!! A bowl full of monkeys can do better!!!!

    • @cubsfantroy

      Aramis was leaving, he was in no way shape or form signing a contract with the Cubs. They offered him arbitration and he turned it down. Unless it was a 3-4 year guaranteed deal, and really, why would the Cubs want that. So people could complain about giving him that big of a deal. Come to think of it, you’re the first person I have heard complain about it.

      Or did you just want to take a shot at the front office?

    • baldtaxguy

      I believe its “…barrel of monkeys…” you were trying to describe?

      A “bowlful” sounds….crowded.

      • Brad

        Lmfao. You are funny I would bet

  • Jp3

    Meh, they’ve made some good signings too. That being said I hated this signing from the word go. Theo/Jed are wearing the dunce caps on this one though. They knew all his injury history, saw him ride the pine last year and signed his gimpy ass anyway. WTF? Other than him being made of twigs and glass I never understood the risk…he was never that good healthy. I guess we were hoping he could come back miraculously from all his injuries to go on and become an AVERAGE major league 3rd baseman. Wow,
    I think we drunk-signed somebody now that I think of it…

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Everybody knows Aramis will get his 50 doubles, 25 hrs and 100-110 RBI ..if Theo would have pulled his head out of his ass at that time we would have our 3rd baseman in Ramirez instead of trying to fill a hole there… Not taking nothing from Valbuena which has filled in quite well.. However he’s not Ramirez

    • Boogens

      “…Aramis will get his 50 doubles, 25 hrs and 100-110 RBI…”

      Not trying to start an argument but you’re being too generous in your estimation of Aramis’s output. In 16 big league seasons Aramis has hit 50 doubles just once, and 40 just another two times. Also, in his last three seasons as a Cub he didn’t get to the 100 – 110 RBI level. His defense had fallen off significantly by then and it was obvious that he would leave because the Cubs weren’t going to give him a multi-year deal.

      In fairness to you and Aramis, the Cubs offer of arbitration was not any kind of genuine attempt to have him stay with the team. They were done with him and were hoping that he’d turn it down so they would get the compensation pick.

      Aside from the draft pick compensation and cost of re-signing him, I think that another significant reason that they didn’t want to re-sign him is the desire to clear out the locker room of the country club atmosphere. Fair or not, Aramis was perceived to be one of the type of guys that preferred just be a Cub over wanting to win.

    • baldtaxguy

      Yes, Valbuena is not Ramirez. He’s actually nobody else other than Valbuena.

      • BluBlud

        Valbuena has been damn good this season. This coming from a guy who thinks(or thought) Valbuena is complete garbage. The guy has been damn near all-star level to be honest. Not quite, but close. I don’t know if it’s small sample size or if he really turned the corner, but if this is the new norm for Valbuena, then I would rather have him at his cost then Aramis.

        • @cubsfantroy

          My thoughts as well.

  • arta

    let it go!

  • NCMoss

    This guy pisses me off. I’m busting my ass just to show I’m worth something to major league scouts and get a chance. And, Ian Stewart has the nerve to not report?!? What? Because he was traded? Or demoted because he hadn’t shown anything? He’s an embarrassment! Let him rot in the minors because obviously releasing him isn’t going to happen.

  • http://www.justinjabs.com/blog/ justinjabs

    Ian Stewart is DONE. Goose is cooked, in my book. And I applauded the re-signing. At this midnight hour – in my state – I declare my “give a sh**” meter completely empty as far as “BEEF STEW” is concernced. Goodbye.

  • mudge

    Ian Stewart is a descendant of the Scottish Royal Kings, originally of the Stuart family. You’ve got to allow for some haughty, inbred behavior. That said, don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his skin. And Ian would be tough to skin; he’s a strapping lad, and thick-limbed. Wounded pride is the fulcrum of change. Stay tuned. You never can tell with the Scottish kings. James V, for example, known for the common touch and genial disposition, hanged the great border chieftain Johnny Armstrong with his loyal company in 1530, after a promise of safe passage. From his son, James VI, well we’ve got the King James translation of the Bible, as great a revolution in its day as the computer in ours. Perhaps Ian, Jr., will emerge as a canny, slugging catcher.

    • baldtaxguy

      I laugh

  • Kygavin

    I was all for the signing of Stewart at the beginning of the year. For 2 mil and a chance that IF healthy he could possible regain his power stroke and bring back a mid level prospect at the deadline. Why not? But now i think it is a pretty safe bet to call this one done.

    Two things: The people saying that the Cubs should have kept Aram are forgetting that the player has something to do with where he ends up. Why would he want to play on a team where he would have no chance of competing throughout the legnth of his contract?
    Claiming that Stewart was signed back to “cover up” Theo and jed’s mistake is laughable at best. They thought he had a chance to regain value (as did I and others here) and could do so at a low cost to a rebuilding team. He was just another possibly flippable asset that the FO took a chance on. Is it really a big deal how bad he flamed out considering he didnt cost much and didnt really stop the Cubs from signing anyone substantial? Nah, just chalked it down to a mistake signing. Really no reason to hold the FO over the fire for it

  • mudge

    Baseball, like human history, is pretty much a disaster.

  • Tom Green

    Unrelated, however, I have a valid point make. I honestly could care less if the Cubs make the world series. I would much rather spend the next years of my life, watching the cubs have players filled with passion, excitement, competitiveness, dedication, pouring their souls into the cubbies blue than see mediocre, old age and unproven young hyped up players fill the roster spots. I love seeing players like Harper, Lawrie etc play the game. It’s exciting to watch them play. They always play with such intensity and drive for the game it gives you goosebumps! I dont want a mediocre player, with the last year of his previous teams tenure, imploded with overanalyzed numbers and effort, factoring in us overpaying him (players who are in the last year and who try for the FA money). Is anyone else with me at all?!?!??!

    • Kevin

      +1 Bigtime! There’s no heart in this team.

      • http://flawedcast.net/wtny/ Nate Corbitt

        I don’t know if you can really say there is no heart in this team. They have yet to be really blown out except for maybe a few games. They have had several late rallies fall just short, and they have had the bullpen blow a couple of the rallies that have pulled them ahead in the late innings. Now, if you are saying the bullpen has no heart, then I might agree with you, but I’m seeing a lot of heart from the position players this year.

    • Kygavin

      Kevin Towers is that you?

    • bbmoney

      You lost me with your second sentence.

      • BluBlud


      • DocPeterWimsey

        Hmm, ever have a comma induced coma?

    • Justin

      Hey Tom, you should become a Diamondback fan. Sounds like you care more about watching dudes run thru walls, being “gritty”, and playing with their “hair on fire” than winning. Towers and Gibson completely agree with you! I think most fans on here want to see a championship more than anything, and care less about the other crap..

    • hansman1982

      Is it just me, or when guys talk about players “playing the game the right way”, it is generally the best players in the game they are talking about?

  • Die hard

    Brett can we have a 100 word limit or one of Darths photos?? !! Some of these posts are like reading War and Peace… Thank you

    • DarthHater

      One meme is worth a thousand immature words. 😉

  • RoughRiider

    I didn’t like the trade for Stewert in the first place and now it looks as if re-signing him has made it a even worse decission. I could understand both moves and hoped it would work out. At this point I think his career as a major league player is over. For his sake I hope I’m wrong. For the Cubs sake I think they should just let him go. He might be able to get a contract in Japan but I doubt it.

  • cubzforlife

    Returns as high as 20% are available with smart investing. American Express offers 5% with million dollar plus deposits. It’s called a blue or silver card some other color. Ian can come sell cars for me and easily make 75 to 100 k. Plus his investments he’s good to go. And he gets a free demo!

    • ETS

      Not sure what this comment is getting at, but selling cars and the cubs just makes me think of Bob RAWRman!

    • Jp3

      He wouldn’t show up to sell said cars.

  • cubzforlife

    Because he’s Ian Stewart we would feed him bones “house deals” and he can work when he wants. It would be fun to see him squeeze into the back seat of a Genesis coupe for a rest drive.

  • cubzforlife

    Test drive

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  • Die hard

    If Boston’s Big Papi is poppin em as alleged why isn’t he being targeted like Braun was? The commish should just allow anything to keep players playing if they sign a waiver of all liability as against MLB and respective team for future health problems

    • BluBlud

      Papi has been tested 5 time this season already, according to one report I read, including this past Tuesday. If he is juicing, then he need to share what he’s taking, because it’s not even close to being detected.

  • http://bleachernation Bsteady

    Since Stewart was passed through waivers, does his major league contract get voided as well?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


  • Cardfan

    Great story. I have been thinking about it for the last 24 hours and, after talking to the missus, we are willing to tender an offer to the Cubs for Mr. Stewart. Given his undoubted appreciation for well-manicured lawns and all that stuff, we are willing to employ him as our starting gardner and lawn mower. With the Cubbies picking up the entire $2M tab, we will also have the honor of having the highest paid yardkeep in the league. This is a distinction Mr. Steward should relish, as he will not be the highest anything in the future without this generous trade. We will still need to work out some of the details (who pays for fertilizer, replacement sprinkler heads, etc.), however the spirit of the offer should prevail. In return, I have guaranteed that my entire family will root for the Cubs during one entire inning of a Cubs/Cards game this summer. Take it or leave it – you won’t find a better offer anywhere.