Cubs suspend Ian Stewart indefinitely without pay

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It’s not a good idea to question your boss on Twitter.

As first relayed by beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have suspended Ian Stewart indefinitely without pay for breaking the loyalty clause in his contract during his Twitter rant late Monday night about the organization.

“Probably never,” the third baseman wrote when a Twitter follower asked him when he was going to be promoted back to the major leagues. “The Cubs are done with me,” Stewart continued. “There [sic] going to let me rott [sic] in AAA all season and then non tender me after. … I think (manager Dale Sveum) doesn’t like me and he’s running the show.”

All of those tweets, by the way, are still up on Stewart’s personal Twitter feed. He did apologize this afternoon in a series of new tweets, but that was just before his suspension was officially announced.

Stewart is batting just .164/.279/.345 with 43 strikeouts in 39 games this season at Triple-A.

Report: Rays sign Brandon Lowe to six-year, $24 million contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.

Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.

MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.