The Cubs efforts this week to recoup some of $2 million they guaranteed third baseman Ian Stewart this year fell on the deaf ears of 29 other clubs as Stewart cleared waivers Wednesday and was outrighted off the 40-man roster.
It was a procedural move that does nothing to change Stewart's address or current job description. He remains at AAA Iowa, where he was officially optioned Friday after his disappointing minor-league rehab assignment (4-for-44) with Iowa expired.
He was placed on waivers after surprising - and ticking off - the front office by using his 72-hour reporting rights to leave the team for three days upon receiving the news that he'd been optioned.
Wednesday's move also does nothing to change the fact that the first trade by the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer front office remains its worst - having sent both Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu to Colorado for Stewart and minor-league bust Casey Weathers.