12/8 Cubs get Stewart, Weathers from Rockies

The Cubs acquired infielder Ian Stewart and right-handed pitcher Casey Weathers from the Rockies for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu.

Stewart, 26, is a career .236 hitter with 61 doubles, 54 home runs and 187 RBIs in 432 games with the Rockies covering all or part of the last five seasons (2007-2011).  A left-handed hitter who throws right, he has played 354 of his big league games at third and also has experience at second base and the outfield. Originally selected by Colorado in the first round (10th overall) of the 2003 Draft out of high school, Stewart reached the big leagues at the age of 22 in 2007 and completed his first full season in the big leagues by 2009, when he hit 25 home runs and recorded 70 RBI in 147 games for Colorado and helped the club to the postseason.  He batted .256 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 122 games in 2010.  

He split the 2011 campaign between the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs, totaling two stints in each spot.  He batted .156 with six doubles in 48 games with Colorado and hit .275 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs in 45 games at Colorado Springs.

Weathers, 26, was selected by the Rockies in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2007 Draft out of Vanderbilt University, where he was a 2007 First-Team All American.  By 2008, Weathers had advanced to Double-A Tulsa and earned a spot on Team USA at the Beijing Olympics before being sidelined by Tommy John surgery in October 2008, forcing him to miss the 2009 campaign.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Weathers returned to the mound in 2010 and pitched at Double-A Tulsa last season, going 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA (27 ER/45.2 IP) in 44 relief appearances.  He struck out 48 in 45 2/3 innings, but also issued 48 walks.  Weathers was added to Colorado’s 40-man roster following the 2010 campaign.

Colvin, 26, batted .215 with 26 home runs and 78 RBIs in 221 games with the Cubs covering all or part of the last three seasons.  After a 2010 rookie campaign that featured a .254 batting average, 20 home runs and 56 RBIs in 135 contests, Colvin split last year between Chicago and Triple-A Iowa, batting .150 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 80 big league games.  He was originally selected by Chicago in the first round (13th overall) of the 2006 Draft.

LeMahieu, 23, made his Major League debut with the Cubs last year and batted .250 (15-for-60) with zero home runs and four RBI in 37 games.  LeMahieu was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2009 Draft.

– Carrie Muskat

8 Comments

Well it’s not exactly what I wanted, but we do have a lot of outfielders in need of playing time. I think this move will be GREAT for Colvin. The thin air of Colorado is going to help him hit a lot more homeruns, and now he has an off-season to get back in form unlike last year when he was still dealing with issues from taking that bat to the chest. I expect him to get his swagger back quickly and beat up on some pitchers. As for Stewart, all we can hope is that a fresh start really helps him out. We’ll just have to see how much Theo/Hoyer’s statistic analysis is really worth.

Too bad this wasn’t about advancing Colvin’s career, really who cares if this is good for Colvin? What needs to be addressed is what is good for the Cubs. I will say that Stewart has more homeruns than I originally thought but this move as of now is certainly questionable. Stewart in essence is much better than LeMahieu at 3B? He better be. At least the name is easier to spell. This one gets entered in the “Theo Epstein Benefit Of The Doubt Honeymoon” log….we’ll see if Epsteins “intelligence” reports are spot on regarding Stewart. At the very least he has filled an actual needed vacancy with the proper fielding player unlike the former GM who shall rename nameless because I am “getting over it” as was the case with Soriano who lacks the needed outfeild skills but is indeed playing the outfield with an 8 year contract. Wouldn’t Sorina’s warning track flyballs look good in Colorado’s ball park? Too bad…

haha I can see it now…. next year at this time Joey will be stuck on Theo acquiring Stewart for Colvin when Stewart doesn’t pan out and Colvin hits 20 hr… haha

There was a famous commercial from a hamburger chain some years ago. It reminds me of the current Cubs infield. “Where is the beef?” Or put another way we lost a lot of power and are replacing it with little to no power at all.

The beef is currently in Milwaukee and should be in the Cubs lineup as he about the most beefy player I can think of. LaHair replacing Pena is a real reach. Stewart will be lucky to have half the numbers Aram will put up and some of those numbers will come at the expense of the Cubs. Go ahead Theo you know the answer and his name. He currently resides in Milwaukee.

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! HEELARRYEEUS!!! What a seer U R Petrey. Mission accomplished.

so far everybody we have brought on board has had hellaciously lengthly months on disabled list with major surgeries.. Is theo*s top scout a surgeon? Trying to stay positive and see what else occurs

That’s a good one Ty. I agree, we have no choice but to remain positve and cut Epstein/Hoyer some slack as I think we all feel more will definatley occur. Like I said,
at least we did need an actual thirdbaseman and Colvin was going to be squeezed out by a couple more minor leaguer outfielders comin through the pipe line…I think.

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