Disgruntled third baseman Ian Stewart may get his wish after all.
Stewart went on a twitter rant late Monday night that saw the third baseman criticize the Chicago Cubs’ front office including Dale Sveum. Stewart indicated that the Cubs were going to let him rot in the Minor Leagues without giving him a chance to be promoted to the Major League level. Stewart presumably expected the Cubs’ front office to overlook the fact that his batting average with the Iowa Cubs is under .200.
Nonetheless, Stewart issued an apology on twitter on Tuesday. However, the Cubs’ front office was past the part of forgiveness. Chicago Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein announced on Tuesday that Stewart has been suspended indefinitely without pay. Epstein indicated that the team knew the length of the suspension but needed to go through some legal hoops before announcing it.
The legal hoops appear to be Stewart’s representatives negotiating his release from the Cubs. If the Cubs were to release Stewart, the team would still be on the hook for the prorated difference of the third baseman’s $2 million guaranteed for the 2013 season. It’s likely that both sides are trying to reach some sort out buyout settlement.
Stewart may not rot in Iowa for long, but with his recent production and injury record, the third baseman may rot on the free agent market for some time.