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: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.