The Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A infielder Ian Stewart was suspended without pay by the organization for his Twitter rant about this status in the organization.
Pat Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports Cubs president Theo Epstein referred to Stewart’s violation of the “loyalty clause” of his contract. So far, the number of games involving the suspension haven’t been announced, but will be determined after the legal aspects have been settled.
Sullivan says Stewart’s agent has called for his client’s release, which the player himself suggested during a late night tweet. Epstein said the Cubs have begun conversations to “negotiate” a settlement in which Stewart will be allowed to become a free agent.
ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine confirms the two sides are talking about an agreement that would allow Stewart to leave the organization and give the Cubs some economic relief from over $1 million left on his contract that called for $2 million in 2013.
Cubs general manager said Stewart’s actions were unprofessional.
“What he did was really unprofessional and there are going to be consequences.”
The 28-year-old Stewart played Monday night for Triple-A Iowa. A fan asked him on Twitter when he’ll go back to Chicago, to which he replied, “Probably never.”
When another peson suggested he quit baseball, Stewart tweeted “Why should I quit? I’m making 2 mil in AAA like you would give that up by quitting.”
He was also asked if he would be called back up to the Cubs if Luis Valbuena went on the DL. Stwewart’s tweet was “I honestly believe if Valbuena were to get hurt cubs wouldn’t call me back up just MHO.”
Stewart also added: “I said that because the cubs are done with me…there going to let me rott in AAA all season and then non tender me after.”
Additionally, he also put the blame on Cubs manager Dale Sveum via Twitter.
“I think Dale Doesn’t like me and He’s running the show.”
Stewart has spent part of the last seven years in the majors and is a career .232 hitter. The Associated Press reports he is currently hitting .164 with four home runs in 39 games to go along with six errors at third base for Iowa.
He started the year on the disabled list with a quadriceps injury. The Cubs eventually optioned him to Iowa, placing him on waivers and taking him off the 40-man roster.