I figure this is thread worthy since he was a major point of contention for many Cubs fans.

The Chicago Cubs non-tendered three players before Friday nightís deadline, including last seasonís opening day third baseman Ian Stewart.

Two minor league pitchers, Zach Putnam and Jaye Chapman, were not offered contracts and become free agents as does Stewart.

Stewart had an aborted 2012 season due to a persistent wrist injury, playing only 55 games and hitting .201 with five home runs and 17 RBIs.

The Cubs can still negotiate a new contract with Stewart, who would have been arbitration eligible after making $2.237 million last year. General manager Jed Hoyer said that the two sides had been in contact and alluded that they had hoped to get an agreement with the 27-year-old infielder before Fridayís deadline.

The Cubs acquired Stewart from the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu on Dec. 8, 2011. The Cubs also received right-hander Casey Weathers in the deal.

Also Friday, right-handed pitcher Casey Coleman cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubsí 40-man roster stands at 37 going into the winter meetings on Dec. 3 in Nashville.