Ian Stewart joins the Cubs along with Casey Weathers in exchange for Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu (bleacherreport.com)
If you liked Tyler Colvin and wanted to see what he was made of, you’re out of luck. Colvin and DJ LeMahieu have been traded to the Colorado Rockies for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers. I used to take pride in being able to project certain moves the Cubs would make in any given offseason as well as being able to roughly outline the coming season’s starting lineup, but those days seem to be long gone. I expected the Cubs to give Tyler Colvin an opportunity to start in right field, but now Tyler Colvin is completely out of the picture.
The new front office made their first move by acquiring David DeJesus and after Albert Pujols announced he was going to play for the Angels, the Cubs announced their trade for Stewart. It should be reassuring to know that even though the deal was announced last night, the deal actually took place on Tuesday. I guess we are going to have to get used to Theo and Co. masterfully manipulating the media and not letting anything out until they want it out.
Ian Stewart will start at third base and will be forced into the shadows of both Aramis Ramirez and recently anointed Hall of Famer Ron Santo (feels good to type that). He provides another left handed bat and he will be looking to rebound from a wrist injury sustained last season. On the other side of the trade we have Casey Weathers, a pitcher that can be added to the Cubs’ infinite pool of relievers.
Career wise, Ian Stewart has a .236 batting average and an OPS (On base + slugging) of .751. You can see more of his statistics here. (Additionally, I’m not sure if Stewart’s wife is as attractive as Kim DeJesus or if Stewart even has a wife).
My initial reaction was to hate this trade as I really wanted to see if Tyler Colvin could do anything productive, but it was clearly evident that he wouldn’t get a full opportunity; I’m more disappointed in LeMahieu’s departure than Colvin’s and I hope DJ doesn’t turn into another Casey McGehee (especially with the Denver air).
The Cubs now have a new right fielder in DeJesus and a new third baseman in Ian Stewart. The team still needs to address the starting rotation and pitching in general. There have been talks of possibly trading Matt Garza and who knows, Garza may have been traded already and we just don’t know it yet.
At this point, anything’s possible.
What do you think is next for the Cubs? Let me know in the comments section.