12/17 Stewart, Lim sign

The Cubs finalized their deal with Ian Stewart on Monday, signing the third baseman to a one-year, $2 million deal that includes $500,000 in incentives. The money is a slight drop from the $2.2375 million Stewart, 27, made last year, and also is non-guaranteed. Stewart was limited to 55 games before eventually undergoing season-ending wrist surgery July 10. He batted .201 with five home runs and 17 RBIs, then went on the disabled list June 14.

To make room for Stewart on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated left-hander Jeff Beliveau for assignment. Beliveau made his Major League debut last season, going 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 22 appearances for the Cubs.

* The Cubs also announced Monday their Minor League deal with Korean pitcher Chang-Yong Lim is now official. Lim, 36, has pitched the last 17 seasons in Korea (1996-2007) and Japan (2008-12). He also helped Korea win the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The right-hander, nicknamed “Mister Zero,” joined the Yakult Swallows in Japan in 2008 and recorded 128 saves with a 2.09 ERA in 238 relief appearances. He posted at least 28 saves in four-straight seasons from 2008-11, including three seasons of 30 saves or more. His 2012 season ended after nine relief appearances because he needed Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, his second, from which he is currently rehabbing. Lim received a $100,000 signing bonus, and will receive monthly Minor League salaries for up to the next two seasons, unless his contract is purchased.

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

Well it looks like 3rd base will still have the same players as 2012 at this point. Ian Stewart will hopefully be fully recovered and able to shine. I don’t see much hope for Vitters. He certainly didn’t accomplish much in Venezuela. Valbuena will probably be back. Thought they would find someone new for 3rd. Guess not.

Truly sad. I don’t see Stewart shining…since he really never did. When will they sign He Long Shot?

cubs in the final couple teams for Edwin Jackson… could very well be the lead dog here since we missed on A.Sanchez… also heard they are in the running for JP Howell…. both would be nice pieces for the middle to backend of the rotation

Why are the Cubs trying to corner the market on .200 hitting 3B? Is that the best that is out there?

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