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The Chicago Cubs have suspended IF Ian Stewart without pay for breach of contract (team loyalty).  This according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times, who tweeted:

Stewart went on a Twitter rant basically committing Cub-i-cide and it might have worked.  Cubs GM Theo Epstein dealt Tyler Colvin for Stewart (and his $2M+ salary) in 2012 after displays of power in (wait for it) Colorado.  He was immediately  plagued by injury that year batting .201 with only 5 HR in 55 games.  Inexplicably, they signed him again for the 2013 season for $2M and he’s been languishing in the minors well below the Mendoza line at Iowa.  Can you say “uninspired”?  Although he did apologize, not in time for them to stop payment on his paycheck.

Stewart is only 28 years old, but I don’t know how many major league clubs are willing to take a (financial) chance on a lifetime .232 hitter with 4 strikeouts for every 3 hits.  The terms of the Cubs release (or trade) may end up paying all his salary but the league minimum should a team want to pick him up.  Might be a flyer, but not one I’d be willing to take!

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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