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Cubs dangle Stewart; nobody bites

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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.

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I wonder what the reaction would be if the Cubs dangled Castro. He has been a bust this year offensively. He looks virtually overmatched consistently, swinging at bad pitches and striking out when he could drive in a run or at least advance a runner. I'm beginning t think the Cubs can manage to destroy any good hitter. Castro has gone down every year; does he not know that the movement should be up? I am basically a diehard fan, bit yesterday's blown game when the Cubs were leading was disgusting. I thought the Cubs might show some fight in the bottom of the ninth, but instead they went down easily, looking like quitters in the process.
As I said in an e-mail you decided not to print, I'm more than tired of Sveum. He has shaved a couple of times lately, but I'm not sure about his bringing in a reliever with two outs when the starter had done a great job all day long. Obviously that did not work out, and Russel no longer has a 0.00 earned run average.

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