I don’t really know how to break this to you guys, but he’s back.
The Cubs re-signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a one-year contract on Thursday, less than a week after non-tendering him, according to USA Today. The deal is for $2 million and includes $500,000 in incentives.
The club has yet to confirm the deal, but Stewart tweeted: “Glad to be healthy and back with the Cubs. The support from the Cubs organization and the fans has been incredible. Thank you all so much.”
On the other hand, as Doc pointed out yesterday, it’s a relief to know that Cubs will completely suck this far ahead of individual game ticket sales, so I don’t waste my money on games or merchandise. Honestly, if we’re going to cash it in this early, I’d much rather just see Vitters get an entire year at 3rd and see if he can turn it around. But then I’d miss Ian Stewart getting pissy with fans on Twitter, and how can we give THAT up?
In other news so exciting I can hardly stand it, the Cubs will introduce newly-acquired set-up man Kenji Fujikawa to the fans and press today:
A news conference has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to announce his signing, which was reported last Saturday.
Fujikawa signed a two-year, $9 million deal with a vesting option for 2015. The Cubs’ brass declined to talk about Fujikawa at the winter meetings in Nashville because he wasn’t officially signed, though they reiterated Carlos Marmol is still their closer.
I hope the guys who sell t-shirts outside Wrigley are invited to the presser, because, you know, racists need to get a jump on the season, too.
And if you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for the results of the Rule V draft, wait no more!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Cubs feel Hector Rondon not only is finally healthy but also could be a key part of the bullpen in 2013.
The Cubs selected Rondon, who was the Indians’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, with the second pick overall in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at the Winter Meetings.
Rondon, 24, has been limited the last three seasons following right elbow UCL reconstruction surgery on Aug. 25, 2010. He fractured the same joint during winter ball in Venezuela in 2011.
Injured the last three seasons? Why, he’ll fit right in!
Alas, in the interest of fairness, I should add that Theo and Jed think Rondon is healthy:
The Cubs have been following him in Venezuela this winter, where he’s pitching for Leones del Caracas and had a 2-1 record and 3.71 ERA in 19 games, all in relief. He has struck out 11 and walked five over 17 innings. Hitters were batting .172 against him this winter.
“Coming up through the Cleveland organization, he was one of the top prospects,” said Cubs player development director Jason McLeod. “He’s always been a prolific strike thrower with great stuff. Now he’s missed the better part of three years with the elbow, and there’s obviously risk involved.”
But ALSO in the interest of fairness, I should add that the bit above came from cubs.com, who is hardly going print Jason saying “Fuck it, everyone on the board sucked, so we threw a pencil at the names and Rondon is who we came up with.”
So what now? Now, we wait. Wait to see if the Cubs can trick someone into taking Alfonso Soriano off our hands or giving us something decent for Carlos Marmol. Oh, and also for the Cubs Convention! Get your tickets now to see such Cubs stars as Scott Baker! Michael Bowden! Travis Wood! Luis Valbuena! Dave Sappelt! And many more!