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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman | #18

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 217
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Angels signed INF Luis Valbuena to a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8.5 million mutual option for 2019.
The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized Tuesday after Valbuena passed his pre-signing physical. He will make $6.5 million in 2017 and $8 million in 2018 with a $500,000 buyout on his mutual option for 2019. Valbuena could open as the Angels' starting first baseman this season with Albert Pujols recovering from offseason foot surgery. Valbuena also figures to see time at third base and DH in Anaheim. He posted a career-high .816 OPS with 13 homers and 40 RBI over 90 games last year with Houston. Jan 24 - 4:22 PM

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According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Angels' decision to sign Luis Valbuena had more to do with the uncertainty surrounding Albert Pujols' health than a desire to shop C.J. Cron.

Some have suggested that Cron could be a goner now that Valbuena is on board but apparently that isn't the case. Pujols is coming off foot surgery and may not be ready for Opening Day. In that scenario, Valbuena would likely handle first base with Cron filling in at DH. If the Angels let Yunel Escobar walk in free agency next offseason, Valbuena could move to third base full time in 2018.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 21 - 8:22 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Luis Valbuena, pending a physical.

The financial details aren't yet available, but Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that it's likely a two-year deal with a club option. Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce originally reported that the deal was close. As things stand right now, Valbuena would give the Angels a left-handed bat off the bench and an insurance policy between third base, second base, and first base, though he could carve out a bigger role if the club shops C.J. Cron. It's also worth noting that third baseman Yunel Escobar and second baseman Danny Espinosa are due to become free agents after 2017. He's quality roster depth at the very least.
Jan 19 - 10:16 PM

According to Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce, the Angels are close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena.

No word yet on the terms involved. The Angels already have Yunel Escobar projected to play third base and C.J. Cron lined up for first base, so Valbuena will presumably take on a part-time role around the infield. The 31-year-old posted a career-high .816 OPS with the Astros last season while putting up 13 homers and 40 RBI over 90 games. He required season-ending surgery on his hamstring in August.
Jan 19 - 8:11 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have "discussed" Luis Valbuena.

Crasnick says the Orioles are "intent" on adding a left-handed bat and would prefer the player be an outfielder. Valbuena is one of the better lefty-swinging free agents still on the market, but his outfield experience is very limited so he's not the best fit. Baltimore has also been connected to Michael Saunders, Colby Rasmus, Michael Bourn and Brandon Moss, and Seth Smith and Jay Bruce are options on the trade front.
Jan 6 - 10:52 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers are "aggressively" checking into third base alternatives to Justin Turner.

The Dodgers have previously been connected to Yangervis Solarte, and Crasnick also mentions Luis Valbuena and Todd Frazier as potential fits. The club's preference remains to re-sign Justin Turner, but they are doing their due diligence in case they're unable to work something out for him.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 10:18:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have been in contact with the representatives for free agent Luis Valbuena.

But the Yankees found his initial contract requests "too high," per Sherman's source. Valbuena wants a multi-year deal and an everyday job after batting .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 90 games this past season for the Astros. He started 71 games at third base and two at first base. He has also played some second base in the past.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 03:08:00 PM

Luis Valbuena underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair his right hamstring tendon.

Valbuena was first injured in late July and had a bad setback while on a rehab assignment, necessitating the need for surgery. The impending free agent is expected to be fine for spring training.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:05:00 AM

Luis Valbuena will undergo season-ending surgery on his strained right hamstring on Thursday.

Valbuena came down the hamstring strain back in late July and then suffered a setback last week while running. Alex Bregman has since taken over as the Astros' primary third baseman, with Yulieski Gurriel recently working into the mix. Valbuena finishes the 2016 season with a .260/.357/.459 batting line, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI in 90 games. He will be a free agent this winter at age 31.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that surgery hasn't been ruled out for Luis Valbuena's right hamstring injury.

Valbuena landed on the disabled list at the end of July with a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback while running on Friday. He's scheduled to see a doctor on Wednesday to decide the next step. "There's a possibility that there will be some surgical solution to his problem, which will definitely take him out from coming back this year," said Luhnow. "But we'll wait until the doctors assess what's going on."
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 06:56:00 PM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback while running on Friday.

He's headed back to Houston, where he'll be looked at by team doctors. Valbuena was getting close to a rehab assignment but now that's on hold. Now that Alex Bregman has arrived in the major leagues and is manning third base, Valbuena won't have to rush his recovery.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 09:51:00 PM

The Astros hope Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

Valbuena ran on Tuesday and Wednesday and has also resumed other baseball activities. "Obviously the next few days are going to tell us a little bit more about the realistic side of it," manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday. "We'd like to push him the most we can without jeopardizing the rehab he's already done, so the running intensity is going to increase (and) the groundball intensity will increase. The batting practice is fine - he feels nothing in batting practice. So we're in this area where the harder we push him, the more vulnerable he can become, but it's time that we need to push him a little bit and see if a rehab assignment is possible maybe while we're in Pittsburgh."
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 10:13:00 AM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) ran outside and resumed hitting on Tuesday afternoon.

"He had a good day," Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters after the workout. Valbuena has been on the disabled list since July 29, retroactive to July 27, with a right hamstring strain. He could be ready in about 10 days if all continues to go smoothly.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 06:15:00 PM

Luis Valbuena will test out his ailing right hamstring with some running on Saturday.

Valbuena has missed the last week and a half with a tweaked hammy but said Thursday that he "feels much better." It's unclear whether he'll need a rehab assignment before returning.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 10:44:00 AM

Astros placed INF Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 27, with a right hamstring strain.

The Astros had said that Valbuena might be ready to play at some point over the weekend, but they've decided to play it safe and hold him out for at least a couple weeks. Alex Bregman will handle third base.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Martin Maldonado
2Carlos Perez
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Luis Valbuena
2C.J. Cron
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Cliff Pennington
3Kaleb Cowart
4Dustin Ackley
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Ryan LaMarre
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Bud Norris
8Andrew Heaney
9Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
R1Huston Street
2Cam Bedrosian
3Andrew Bailey
4J.C. Ramirez
5Jose Alvarez
6Mike Morin
7Austin Adams
8Justin Miller
9Brooks Pounders
10Yusmeiro Petit
11Kirby Yates
12Eduardo Paredes
13Keynan Middleton
14Blake Parker