Hi Cubbie Fans,
He stated on WSCR, Chicago, that Vitters may not be ready to take the helm full time!! There is really no other person @ this time to be our 3B man full time!! Len went on to say Stewart would probably be a "stop gap" for a few years until the Cubbies acquire a FA , or develop one in the minors!! This is just Len's opinion & he didn't base this thought on some inside knowledge!!
My take is, If the wrist problem is healed from the surgery, why not give Stewart one more chance, as Len also stated, @ being a 3B man for a few more years??
His thoughts, however, are plausible & sound!!
Yeah, I totally whiffed on Stewart's name!! Oh well, not getting enough sleep last night will do that to you!! Speaking of which, time to put on some classic 60's, 70's, early 80's rock & take a nap!
Some fans have pointed out that Stewart has been bad because of his wrist-he hit 25 homers a few years ago, etc. OK-fair points.
And Valbuena has actually shown some spurts of offense recently to go along with passable defense.
I think Vitters will be moved in the off-season-I know he's young, a slow starter, etc, but with Baez the "Third baseman of the future," etc, I dont think Vitters has a future with the Cubs.
Perhaps Cardenas, Valbuena, Stewart and maybe a FA could fight it out for 3rd next yr.
He was injured the last two years, so if Stewart returns to '09-'10 form (25, 18 Hr's, respectively) next year, I'd be Ok w/ him staying until we get a long term 3B man!!
I agree that the Cubs will prolly offer Ian Stewart arbitration. I actually like Luis V more than most people on this board.
What I'd like to see if Theo/Jed to trade for Chase Headley from SD since he seems to be on the trading block. I'm sure SD is asking for a lot for him, but I think they will not be able to pay him in a year or two. Offer them Vitters, Brent Jackson, and T Wood ( 0r 2 other prospects) and they might make the trade; and the Cubs would be set with a 28 year old 3Bman.