Among a busy day for the Cubs, one of the biggest headlines came in their decision not to tender an offer to third baseman Ian Stewart. Chicago's opening day starter is now eligible for free agency, as the team will look elsewhere for someone who can man the hot corner. Stewart battled a wrist injury is his only year with the Cubs, batting .205.
The news was not all that surprising, seeing as how the team certainly needs to find a permanent replacement for Aramis Ramierez. One third baseman the Cubs did decide to keep during the arbitration process was Luis Valbuena, who had some solid playing time last season. It is possible that Chicago could be content with keeping Valbuena at third, although it still remains likely they will sign one before 2013.
Stewart was joined on the non-tendered list by Zach Putnam and Jaye Chapman, who will also now have the ability to enter free agency. Putnam was on the team for less than a month after being claimed by the Cubs on November 2nd. Chapman appeared in 14 games last season, posting a 3.75 ERA.
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