The Dodgers have reportedly added to their minor league infield depth by signing third baseman Ian Stewart, per both Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Buster Olney of ESPN. The deal is presumably a minor league contract.
Stewart, 28, hit just .168/.286/.372 with five home runs in 40 games for Triple-A Iowa this season and knew he didn't have much of a future with the Cubs, so he took matters into his own hands.
He tweeted, "there going to let meRott in AAA all season and then non tender me after," among other things, then was suspended by the Cubs. The suspension was settled and upheld and the third baseman was granted his unconditional release on June 25.
Stewart, who has four years, 50 days of major league service time, was making $2 million this season with the Cubs. His Twitter account has since been deleted.
The Yankees, Marlins and Rockies were also in pursuit of Stewart, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Dodgers third basemen this season have hit .236/.312/.322 with four home runs this season, though without Luis Cruz those numbers improve to .267/.346/.373. Cruz was released by the Dodgers on Tuesday.
In parts of six big league seasons, the former first-round pick (10th overall in 2003) hit .232/.319/.417 with 59 home runs and 66 doubles in 487 games.