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Angels sign veteran Stewart for bench help

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ANAHEIM -- The Angels have signed veteran third baseman Ian Stewart to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invitation.

Stewart, who's 28 and bats left-handed, is expected to compete with the likes of outfielder Collin Cowgill and infielders John McDonald, Grant Green, Shawn O'Malley, Tommy Field and Andrew Romine (out of options) for one of two open bench spots this spring, alongside outfielder J.B. Shuck and platooning catchers Hank Conger and Chris Iannetta.

A product of Southern California, Stewart was a first-round Draft pick by the Rockies in 2003, ultimately spending six of his first seven Major League seasons in Colorado, and is a career .232/.319/.417 hitter. The vast majority of his time has come at third base, but he can also play second base, first base and the outfield corners in emergency situations.

Stewart spent all of 2012 and the first half of '13 in the Cubs organization and ended his tenure in Chicago with an ugly fallout, tweeting his frustrations over not being promoted from the Minor Leagues and getting hit with a 10-game suspension in mid-June for violating the loyalty cause in his contract.

The Cubs ultimately released Stewart on June 25 and he signed with the Dodgers on July 5, finishing the season with a .171/.303/.347 slash line in both team's Triple-A affiliates.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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