Third baseman Ian Stewart is a former first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies. Frustrated with his development, the Rockies traded him to the Chicago Cubs before the 2012 season.
In 55 games that season he batted .201/.292/.335 with only five home runs. In 2013 he was unable to crack the Major League roster. Once he was sent to the minor leagues he made the most news by ranting on Twitter about how the organization was using him. He eventually landed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing another 27 games for their AAA affiliate.
Stewart will take his first crack at the American League this season, signing a deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported the deal.
#Angels sign former Rockies IF Ian Stewart to a minor league deal with a spring invite. Stewart, 29, has .736 OPS in 6 years. Plays 2B, 3B.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) January 23, 2014
With a disappointing career and a bad attitude last season, you might wonder why any team would want to sign Stewart. Let this video serve as a reminder why:
He is also an exceptional defender at third base. In 2012 he was a 3.8 UZR defender at that spot. On this type of deal, Stewart represents the classic low risk, high reward player. If he acquits himself well at camp, it will give the team nice depth at third base, a position they had struggled to fill before trading for David Freese this winter.