2011 MLB Trade Rumors: Chicago Cubs Interested in Ian Stewart, According To Report

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly interested in acquiring Colorado Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart via trade, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Back on November 16th, reports surfaced that the Rockies intended to tender a contract to the third baseman and listen to offers on the .236/.323/.428 career hitter during the offseason. Stewart struggled with injuries and poor performance in 2011, hitting just .156/.243/.221 in 48 games for the 2011 season, but with third basemen Aramis Ramirez now a free agent and likely to leave the Cubs in the offseason, they may be turning their interest to Stewart. 

The move would seem to fit for the rebuilding Cubs, considering any gamble on Stewart would be seen as an opportunity to buy low on a 26-year old player, but it might all be contingent on what Theo Epstein and the Cubs would be willing to offer in return. 

Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd should take the time to entertain all serious offers he receives, but the organization is also known for being willing to give players second and third chances even when there is clearly little to be had from doing so.

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