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40 Guys in 30 Days: Zach Stewart

Does this post exist solely to give me more space to bitch about the Youkilis trade? Yes. Yes, it does.

Zach Stewart
2012 stats: 33 IP, 18 K, 4 BB, 12 HR
7.91 ERA, 7.11 FIP, 4.29 xFIP; -0.6 fWAR, -0.4 bWAR
2013 contract status: Not yet eligible for arbitration

Here he is, folks: The centerpiece of the trade that sent Kevin Youkilis to Chicago, the trade that very nearly handed the White Sox the AL Central crown, the trade that made it possible for all of us to find out what a Mauro Gomez is. And, big surprise, he completely sucks.

Stewart made his major league debut last for Toronto and sucked, then got traded to the White Sox, where he really sucked. He continued to really suck this year in Chicago, then got traded to Boston. He’s only made one big league appearance for the Red Sox, but holy God did he suck: Three innings, nine runs, nice to meet you now go away.

He hasn’t sucked that much in the minors, which I suppose means that he still counts as a prospect rather than just a shitty pitcher. He doesn’t strike out that many, but he also doesn’t walk many, so if he can keep the ball in the ballpark it’s possible that Stewart can grow into a competent back of the rotation pitcher.

This is the part of the program where I point out that Stewart has allowed 23 homers in 100 career major league innings.

The Red Sox, led by the idiot they stupidly hired to manage, spent the first two months of the season systematically destroying Kevin Youkilis’ value (a process that began last year, yes, but one that was made even more intense this year). Then, when his value was at his absolute lowest, they traded him for the first offer that came along. Is it any surprise that that offer contained two piles of shit, one of which is already gone?

Next time: Another crappy return from a stupid trade that I liked at the time but hasn’t worked out.

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