Cubs Acquire Ian Stewart In Four-Player Trade

The Cubs have acquired Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers from the Rockies in exchange for Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Each team acquires a 26-year-old former first round pick coming off a disappointing season. Stewart, a non-tender candidate, has long been the subject of trade rumors and hit .156/.243/.221 in limited action in 2011. Colvin, who isn't yet arbitration eligible, hit .150/.204/.306 in 222 plate appearances.

LeMahieu, 23, has a career .753 OPS in the minors and saw his first big league action for the Cubs in 2011. He'll compete for time at second and third base, according to Renck (on Twitter). Weathers, 26, was also a first-round pick, but has yet to pitch above Double-A, where he posted a 5.32 ERA in 45 2/3 innings this year. The right-hander has excellent stuff (career 11.3 K/9), but hasn't been able to control it (7.1 BB/9).

Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported yesterday that the two teams were discussing a deal involving Stewart and Colvin.


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225 Comments on "Cubs Acquire Ian Stewart In Four-Player Trade"


Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 8 months ago

Love this trade for both squads

farjah96
3 years 8 months ago

It needs more practiced.

3 years 8 months ago

D.J. LeMahieu seems to have a higher Upside then Colvin IMO. Pretty excited by this trade.

BlueCatuli
3 years 8 months ago

If DJ ever develops power he will be a really solid MLB player. Really bummed he is part of the deal. Wish him and Colvin the best of luck. Hope Stewart can find his power stroke at Wrigley!

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Then it’s a good thing that DJ is playing with the Rockies now and it’s a bad thing that Stewart isn’t.

Futurecubfan
3 years 3 months ago

Le Mahieu now batting .327 in Triple A. Colvin doing well with the Rockies. It is very hard to remain a Cubs Fan!

Tommy Meyers
3 years 8 months ago

Really disappointed to see LeMahieu go, was hoping he would start at 2nd this year

stewie75
3 years 8 months ago

i thought he’d be over at third this year.

Tommy Meyers
3 years 8 months ago

Ya I just figured they’d make a trade for a 3b and i’m not a fan of barney

3 years 8 months ago

Time for the trades to begin. I can feel a 4 team 10 player swap coming up. Will be a crazy winter. 

Coollet
3 years 8 months ago

AA will be involved

3 years 8 months ago

Ugh why

3 years 8 months ago

LeMahieu isn’t anything too special.  3B was a far more pressing need and Stewarts skill set and position are of far greater value than Tyler Colvin’s.  I’ll call it a win-win overall, though.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 8 months ago

Glad to see some more action. Feels like everything hit a major lull after the Angels moves

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Orioles trade not good enough? lol

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 8 months ago

WTF!!!! I WANTED STEWART BUT NOT LIKE THIS :(

BlueCatuli
3 years 8 months ago

What are you sad about?

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 8 months ago

colvin being gone. and i wanted to see LeMahiue play more. uggh but i was expecting one for Stewart bot not both.

BlueCatuli
3 years 8 months ago

Why are you upset about Colvin being involved? He was even more below replacement level than Stewart.

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 8 months ago

Hes one of my favorite players. same with Stewart. Both have upside dont get me wrong. but i wanted both of them on the same team. idk im mixed on this trade.

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 8 months ago

colvin being gone. and i wanted to see LeMahiue play more. uggh but i was expecting one for Stewart bot not both.

Fifty_Five
3 years 8 months ago

You mad about Colvin or LeMahieu? Colvin was pretty much the worst player in the league last year

Coollet
3 years 8 months ago

What about the Jays’ new backup catcher? Mathis? Heard he was pretty bad

Coollet
3 years 8 months ago

What about the Jays’ new backup catcher? Mathis? Heard he was pretty bad

jayrig5
3 years 8 months ago

I’m no Colvin apologist, but the Cubs set him up to fail.  They platooned him with Kosuke and played him against lefties to start the year.  That didn’t work, so they benched him, then sent him down, while ripping him publicly; it was sort of ironic to hear Hendry launch into a diatribe about how the majors are all about production.  I’d like to think Ricketts quoted that back to him when he fired him a few months later.   

But anyway.  My point isn’t that Colvin is going to be an All-Star, but he has the talent to be way better than he performed last season, in the right situation.  It seems like the Rockies will use him like they used Seth Smith, right?  Assuming Smith gets dealt?

I don’t follow Colorado much, but that always seemed like a decent comp for Colvin.

Fifty_Five
3 years 8 months ago

You mad about Colvin or LeMahieu? Colvin was pretty much the worst player in the league last year

$19253129
3 years 8 months ago

D.J. LeMahieu a decent Cub farm hand, that has Hall of fame Status with some Cub fans.  Nice deal for both sides, Junk for Junk.

3 years 8 months ago

yea both squads did well here. Brothers will hold off weathers and Stewart is disliked by the entire state. If stewart can get his stuff together though he’s a 40 hr 270 100 rbi guy….BIG IF

3 years 8 months ago

Whoa! Hold it buddy. 40 bombs? Let the guy get to 26 before we start talking 40.

formerdraftpick
3 years 8 months ago

I think he meant 40 hours (hr) and misspelled the word ribs (rbi).  Stewart will eat 100 ribs in 40 hours not breaking any record.  However, he will be filled.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

well done.

missyae
3 years 8 months ago

Good luck to Ian!!! I wish the Red Sox had him, I think he is a future all star!

dc21892
3 years 8 months ago

Sure, another left handed bat.

renegadeisback
3 years 8 months ago

Ian Stewart away from Coors? LOL good luck.

MDonaldGrantstomb
3 years 8 months ago

agreed – Ian Stewart’s window has closed

3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, that .150 average screams park effects.

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 8 months ago

 When the wind is blowing out of tiny Wrigley, so do the fly balls.

Dick_Pepperfield
3 years 8 months ago

Tiny Wrigley? Obviously you have never been there. 355 down the line is tiny now huh? Stick to Tebowing bro

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 8 months ago

 Don’t actually Tebow and I’m gonna have to thank my mom that I’m not your “bro.”  And Yes, I’ve had the odd Old Style while sitting in Wrigley.

Ken Roucka
3 years 8 months ago

How many home runs go right down the line? Few. Most go gap to gap. The gaps are listed as 368 at Wrigley and the tips of those curves in the wall are 350 or less. Center is listed at 400 but most say it’s more like 395.

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 8 months ago

 When the wind is blowing out of tiny Wrigley, so do the fly balls.

3 years 8 months ago

Stewart barely has a home/road split for his career and has actually performed better on the road in recent seasons.

BobbyJohn
3 years 8 months ago

In 2010, the first 8 HR that Stewart launched were all on the road.

BobbyJohn
3 years 8 months ago

In 2010, the first 8 HR that Stewart launched were all on the road.

Funkhouser Jr.
3 years 8 months ago

I’m a little disappointed to see Colvin and LeMahieu go, but I’m excited to see what Stewart can do.  Stewart has the most upside, but he’s far from a sure bet.  Colvin could be solid for the Rockies.  I don’t think he ever felt comfortable in Chicago.

3 years 8 months ago

Stewart is built like the best hitter on the planet. head case…tons of natural talent though. Change of scenery for sure. Good fielder as well. I like LeMahieu due to the fact that he’s now gonna be in Coors and he seems to be a good all around hitter with no power. All we need is hits in Coors. Power will come via the altitude.

3 years 8 months ago

I’d call it a good gamble for both teams

3 years 8 months ago

I just do not see what Epstein sees in Stewart. I like the young pitcher, but I’m really not crazy about Stewart. He just seem like a high strikeout guy with an average glove at 3rd.

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 8 months ago

 Actually a very good glove.  Head’s not always in the game.

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 8 months ago

 Actually a very good glove.  Head’s not always in the game.

disgustedcubfan
3 years 8 months ago

What would you expect in return for Colvin? As of today, he is a terrible hitter. This is a fair trade.

disgustedcubfan
3 years 8 months ago

What would you expect in return for Colvin? As of today, he is a terrible hitter. This is a fair trade.

jammin502
3 years 8 months ago

“I like the young pitcher”… He is 26 and in AA.  That is not very young.  His numbers in AA probably dictate a demotion.  Totally hate this trade from the Cubs point of view.

3 years 8 months ago

Now this is what we call a blockbuster trade

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

This is a classic example of a “Sanford & Son” trade, swapping junk for other junk.

SwingtimeInTheRockies
3 years 8 months ago

A Sanford & Son trade would be Gene Lamont for Grady Little.

gradylittle
3 years 8 months ago

Got a problem?

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Good change of scenary trade for both sides. The upside is there for both those guys (Colvin and Stewart). Not too familiar with the other pieces.