Shannon Stewart
44-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Shannon Stewart in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Minor league deal with Blue Jays in February of 2008.
OFFree Agent  
August 11, 2008
Toronto released Stewart on Monday following his activation from the disabled list.
ANALYSIS
Stewart has experienced his worst season since becoming a significant MLB player in 1997. Still, he is healthy again and could get picked up by a team in need of outfield depth.
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Stewart was able to stay healthy for the entire season, but still posted just moderate fantasy numbers (12 HRs, 11 steals). His limited value takes a hit in those leagues that count OBP and SLG as he's failed to slug .400 in each of the past three seasons. He declined the A's offer of arbitration and will likely play elsewhere in 2008. There's not much left.
Stewart was on his way to showing his subpar 2005 season was an off year before a case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot ended his season in June. It was the second time in three years Stewart lost major playing time to plantar fasciitis, missing nearly two months due to the problem in his right foot in 2004. When healthy, Stewart is almost one-dimensional for fantasy owners with modest power and minimal speed (his 20+ SB seasons are ancient history). He needs to show his poor 2005 season wasn't the start of a decline at the plate, as a decent OBP is his only true asset. He'll need to prove he's healthy in spring training for a shot at a starting left field job once again.
Stewart had the worst season of his career as his ability to get on base fell dramatically without any offsetting gains. Stewart is almost one-dimensional for fantasy owners with modest power and minimal speed (his 20+ SB seasons are a distant memory), so he'll need to return to his .300+ BA to justify a starting OF spot in most fantasy leagues. He missed most of the final month after a shoulder injury, but his subpar season at the plate wasn't due to injury. At age 32, there's reason to think this was an off year and he'll bounce back given his career history, but don't overpay given his limited upside. He'll get paid $6.5 million in the final year of a three-year contract, so the Twins have too much invested in him to think about a replacement unless he really struggles. He'll be the starting left fielder and leadoff hitter.
Stewart continues to be a more productive player in real baseball terms than in fantasy. His high OBA is great for a leadoff hitter, but his days as a base stealer are a distant memory. Stewart missed nearly two months of the season with plantar fasciitis. With nagging hamstring and foot injuries, expect him to DH more this season.
Stewart caught fire after being traded to the Twins and finished fourth in the AL MVP voting after sparking Minnesota to a second half surge to the division title (although we'd argue Johan Santana and an easy schedule were more the cause). A hamstring injury limited him in the first half of the season with Toronto but he still hit .294. After the midseason trade to Minnesota, he hit .327 with a .384 OBA. Despite the MVP talk, for fantasy owners his value fell as his steal totals failed to reach double digits. With his frequent injuries, the steals are unlikely to return. His solid on-base averages will make him a strong leadoff hitter, but his 20+ home run and steal totals are probably a thing of the past. He'll give you a nice average and run totals, but don't expect a major rebound elsewhere.
Continued hamstring problems are going to keep him from approaching 30 steals again. The 21-HR spike in 2000 is screaming “fluke” louder than ever. He's not near the roto player many had hoped for following his first two full seasons in the big leagues. His 4x4 numbers last year (.303 average, 10 HR, 45 RBI, 14 steals) were a career worst. If you can get him for a price based on that production, he's worth a spot as he won't get much worse. But don't pay extra for potential.
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OFToronto Blue Jays  
August 9, 2008
Stewart (ankle) is hitting .273 after eight games of his rehab assignment, the team's official site reports.
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OFToronto Blue Jays  
August 4, 2008
Stewart (ankle) is 5-for-12 in the first four games on his rehab assignment, the team's official site reports.
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OFToronto Blue Jays  
July 26, 2008
Stewart (ankle) went 2-for-2 in his first game of a rehab assignment on Friday, the team's official site reports.
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OFToronto Blue Jays  
June 30, 2008
Stewart (ankle) is still experiencing pain when he tries to run, according to the team's official site.
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OFToronto Blue Jays  
June 13, 2008
Stewart (ankle) is scheduled to head to Florida this weekend to continue his rehab work, the team's official site reports.
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