Ian Stewart did not play much in 2012. He appeared in just 55 games for the Chicago Cubs because of injury. However, the Cubs want him back, and they got him. Stewart and the Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal.
Stewart was non-tendered not too long ago by the Cubs, but the team was able to work out a new contract to bring him back to Chicago. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the deal is worth $2 million in base pay, but Stewart can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives.
Stewart has struggled with injuries over the course of the past two seasons. He missed a lot of time in 2012, and he only played in 48 games in 2011. Stewart was placed on the disabled list earlier this year with a wrist injury. He had been battling the injury since the 2011 season, and ultimately he had to undergo surgery. Now that his wrist is healed, the Cubs hope Stewart will be able to remain on the field much more consistently.
The 27-year old third baseman will fill the hole the Cubs had at third base, but he probably isn't going to be a long-term solution there. He is not a prototypical third baseman. He has shown some power, but Stewart has not hit more than five home runs in the past two seasons. His career-high came in 2009 when he hit 25. Stewart is a .232/.319/.417 career hitter.
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