Chicago Cubs Trade for Ian Stewart: Why the Deal Makes Sense for Chicago

December 9, 2011 by  

Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein filled one of the key holes on the Chicago Cubs' roster Thursday, closing the Winter Meetings by trading for Colorado Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart. Stewart now projects as the majority third baseman for the team next season.

The Cubs gave up Tyler Colvin and D.J. LeMahieu in the deal, which also netted them minor-league hurler Casey Weathers. Giving up so little to get Stewart, despite the ugly numbers and problematic profile the erstwhile Rockies batter presents, has...

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