Cubs Re-Sign 3B Ian Stewart to 1-Year, $2 Million Deal – Wrigley Field 12-10-12

Posted on 10 December 2012 by Lou

The Cubs opted to re-sign 3B Ian Stewart to a 1-year deal this weekend.  Stewart will have a base salary of $2 million and there are incentives in the deal that could net Stewart an additional $500,000.  With the free agent market thin at the third base position, and with the lackluster performance from young prospect Josh Vitters in 2012 (.121 batting average in 99 at-bats in 36 games), the Cubs were kind of “forced” to re-sign Stewart despite his paltry 2012 numbers.  Stewart racked up only 202 at-bats in 55 games in 2012 due to a wrist injury.  He had a surgery on the wrist to fix the nagging problem and is on track to be ready for Spring Training 2013.  Let’s hope so.  He hit just .201 with 5 HR’s, 17 RBI’s and a pathetic .292 on-base percentage.  Looks like GM Jed Hoyer and President Theo Epstein are still looking for their 3rd baseman of the future in the coming seasons…

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