11/30 Cubs non-tender Stewart
The Cubs non-tendered Ian Stewart on Friday, but hope to re-sign the third baseman, who missed most of last season after needing wrist surgery. The Cubs did tender contracts to right-handed pitchers Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija, left-handed pitcher James Russell, and infielder Luis Valbuena. Garza, Samardzija, Russell, Valbuena and Stewart were arbitration eligible. In addition, 14 players from the Cubs’ 40-man roster were tendered 2013 contracts on Friday. Besides Stewart, the Cubs also non-tendered right-handed pitchers Zach Putnam and Jaye Chapman. Putnam and Chapman were not eligible for arbitration.
Chapman was acquired from the Braves in the Paul Maholm deal. He compiled a 3.52 ERA in 40 games for Triple-A Gwinnett, striking out 60 and walking 29 over 53 2/3 innings. He gave up eight runs on 11 hits and seven walks over 9 1/3 innings in eight games with Triple-A Iowa, and was promoted to the Cubs in September. In 14 games, he struck out 12 and walked 10 over 12 innings, giving up five earned runs in 14 games for a 3.75 ERA.
Putnam, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Rockies on Nov. 2, spent most of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and gave up 28 earned runs on 73 hits and 27 walks over 60 2/3 innings, striking out 49. He was 12-for-17 in save situations. Putnam was originally drafted by the Indians in the fifth round in 2008, then dealt to the Rockies in January this year.
The Cubs also announced pitcher Casey Coleman, who was designated for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Scott Feldman, has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa. With the moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 37.
The deadline to tender an arbitration eligible player was 11 p.m. CT Friday. Players who are non-tendered become free agents. The Cubs needed to make the moves to open up roster space.
– Carrie Muskat