Cubs, 3B Ian Stewart make it official


The Chicago Cubs and infielder Ian Stewart have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. To make room for Stewart on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau was designated for assignment.

Stewart, 27, returns to the Cubs after being limited to just 55 games last season after having season-ending surgery on his left wrist July 10. He hit .201 (36-for-179) with five doubles, two triples, five home runs and 17 RBI before being placed on the disabled list June 14 and having surgery nearly a month later. Stewart was originally acquired by the Cubs from the Colorado Rockies as part of a four-player trade on Dec. 8, 2011.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Stewart is a career .232 hitter (329-for-1,421) with 66 doubles, 59 home runs and 204 RBI in 487 major league games with the Rockies (2007-11) and Cubs (2012). He has averaged 22 doubles, 20 home runs and 68 RBI per 162 games during his major league career.

Stewart was originally selected by Colorado in the first round (10th overall) of the 2003 Draft out of high school and reached the big leagues at the age of 22 in 2007. He completed his first full season in the majors in 2009, when he hit 25 homers and recorded 70 RBI in 147 games for Colorado.

Beliveau, 25, made his major league debut last season and went 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA (9 ER/17.2 IP) in 22 relief appearances for the Cubs.

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