A week after trading for Cubs beleaguered closer Carlos Marmol, the Dodgers have signed former Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart to a minor league contract.
Stewart was released after he sent tweets mocking the Cubs organization about a promotion to the big leagues and gives the Dodgers depth at third base is thin after Luis Cruz signed with the Yankees.
Jon Heyman of SI.com was the first to report the signing:
Ian Stewart signs with dodgers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 5, 2013
Stewart hit just .168 in Triple-A while hitting five home runs and knocking in 20 runs. There’s a chance that Stewart won’t make it to the big leagues, but is insurance if an infielder does go down with another injury.
While Stewart’s exit from Chicago was messy, he should welcome the addition to the Dodgers as he spent time in the NL West previously with the Colorado Rockies.