The Rockies have dealt 26-year old lefty swinging 3B Ian Stewart and 26-year old righty reliever Casey Weathers to the Cubs for 23-year old righty swinging 2B/3B D.J. LeMahieu and 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Colvin. D.J. LeMahieu came into last season as the Cubs’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 37 games in his first taste of the majors for the Cubs last year and he was 15 for 60 (.250 avg, .546 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. He also played in 108 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 132 of 414 (.319 avg, .777 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 5 homers, 50 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. LeMahieu will have a good shot of winning the starting 2B job for the Rockies next spring. Tyler Colvin was almost as bad as Ian Stewart was last season. He played in 80 games for the Cubs last year and he was 31 for 206 (.150 avg, .509 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers and 20 RBIs. Colvin has now played in 221 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 125 of 581 (.215 avg, .696 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 26 homers, 78 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Rockies hope that the light air of Denver will revive Colvin’s bat.
Ian Stewart was a complete bust for the Rockies in 2011, after playing decent for them in 2009 and 2010. Stewart played in 48 games for the Rockies last year and he was 19 for 122 (.156 avg, .464 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He played in 432 games in his five years with the Rockies and he was 293 of 1,242 (.236 avg, .751 OPS) with 178 runs scored, 54 homers, 187 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. 26-year old Casey Weathers came into last year as the Rockies’ #14 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.
I like this deal for both teams as changes of scenery could cause a revival of Tyler Colvin with the Rockies and Ian Stewart with the Cubs.