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Cubs Acquire Ian Stewart To Man 3rd Base in 2012 & Beyond – Wrigley Field 12/9/11

Posted on 09 December 2011 by Lou

The Cubs acquired Ian Stewart and minor league reliever Casey Weathers in a trade with the Colorado Rockies last night.  In exchange for getting their 3rd baseman of the “future”, the Cubs sent frustrating right fielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu out to Colorado.  Stewart struggled with a wrist injury in 2011, playing in only 48 games.  He did not hit any homers and hit just .156 in only 122 at-bats.  Previous to that, the 26-year old had had productive seasons in 2009 and 2010.  In 147 games in 2009, Stewart racked up 25 HR’s, 70 RBI’s and 74 runs scored despite a .228 batting average.  In 2010, Stewart improved on the average numbers – hitting .256 with a .338 on-base percentage.  Playing 26 less games, Stewart hit just 18 HRs and drove in 61 runs that season.  He has committed just 23 errors in the last 3 seasons, an area in which the Cubs are in serious need of help.

Colvin had become a frustrating project for the Cubs over the last few seasons.  Colvin broke out on the scene in 2010 hitting 20 HR’s in 135 games.  He hit .254 with a .316 on-base percentage and the Cubs were hoping he would continue to improve.  But a rough spring training before the 2011 season proved to be a bad omen for Colvin.

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer is thrilled with the acquisition – “We wouldn’t have given up the talent that we did if we didn’t think he would be the starting 3rd baseman… We are expecting him to come in and he has to bounce back from last year. We are assuming he does… Ian Stewart is a good defensive 3rd baseman. He’s a very good athletic player and a gifted 3rd baseman.”  Let’s hope Stewart shines for the Cubs in 2012…

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