Monday, December 2, 2013
Posted by el duque at 10:55 AM
We weren't going to offer Stewart a 2014 contract, so at midnight, he would become a free agent. Apparently, Brian Cashman - who graciously let Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain leave without getting anything in return - decided he needed to get something - anything with two lungs and a liver - for Stewart, whom we obtained from the Giants two winters ago for RP George Kontos.
Kontos has pitched in nearly 100 games for San Francisco. He's 28 and two years ago had an ERA of about 2.50. Last year it rose above 4.00.
I liked Stewart. Always will. He played hard. In his first year for us, he hit .241 - well above expectations. But last season, he had to play every day, and it didn't work for anyobody. Stewart hit .211 - and if there can be such a thing as a weak .211, he hit it. He'll back up Russell Martin and help that team. Let's wish him the best.
Next on the block: Jason Nix?