In what has been an uneventful offseason for the Chicago Cubs, the lack of moves is over. The Cubs agreed to terms with RHP Kohl Stewart on a one-year, major league contract.
Per Patrick Mooney of The Athletic, the contract is worth $700K for the 2021 campaign.
Stewart hasn’t pitched since 2019, sitting out the 2020 campaign because he has Type 1 Diabetes. That said, he was also the fourth overall draft pick in 2013. Why does that mean something to Cubs fans? Well, two picks before Stewart, the Cubs drafted Kris Bryant.
In 2019, Stewart went 2-2 with a 6.39 ERA. He only struck out ten batters in 25.1 innings that season with the Minnesota Twins.
The 2018 season was much better to Stewart, as he recorded a 2-1 record with a 3.68 ERA. He had a better statistical season too, striking out 24 batters in 36.2 innings.
The 26-year-old and former top prospect is a perfect signing for this Cubs team and front office. Many of the same pieces are in this front office that saw players such as Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta turn their careers around given the opportunity. Stewart is a low risk/high reward type player that the organization can work with in their state-of-the-art pitching lab.
The move also screams “Cubs” this offseason, as there has been more doom and gloom than celebration and anticipation. However, the Cubs found another arm to add to the mix in 2021.