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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt will split time at third base.
But the higher upside lies with Olt -- a former top prospect of the Rangers -- and he seems likely to take over the job within the first few months. It probably won't be an ideal situation for fantasy purposes early on. Mar 27 - 1:54 PM

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Luis Valbuena knocked a pair of balls over the wall and plated four runs on Friday, powering the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the White Sox.

The 28-year-old finished the afternoon 2-for-3, whiffing in his other at-bat. He's been stinging the ball when he does make contact though, slashing .276/.364/.828 with four homers and 10 RBI in Cactus League play. He did hit 12 homers in limited action in 2013, and is worth a look in the later rounds of mixed league drafts as he's slated for everyday at-bats to begin the season.
Mar 21 - 8:48 PM

Luis Valbuena went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Angels on Monday.

The Cubs' projected starter at third base, Valbuena's Cactus League average fell to .227 in 22 at-bats. However, all five of his hits have gone for extra bases: four doubles and a home run. The Cubs haven't seen a slugging percentage above .400 from their playing time leader at third base since Aramis Ramirez in 2011.
Mar 17 - 7:09 PM

Luis Valbuena had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Indians, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

The 28-year-old got the start at second base in this one, but could open the season as the Cubs starter at the hot corner. He's now hitting .263 (5-for-19) with five RBI in Cactus League play.
Mar 16 - 7:15 PM

Luis Valbuena belted a two-run homer on Friday, powering the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers in Cactus League play.

Valbuena finished the day 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored, and also walked in the ballgame. Even with the nice day at the plate, he's hitting just .188 on the spring season and is in danger of losing his starting job at third base to Mike Olt who has been pummeling the baseball as of late.
Mar 14 - 11:22 PM

Cubs avoided arbitration with 3B Luis Valbuena by agreeing to a one-year, $1.71 million contract.

Valbuena was eligible for arbitration for the first time. The 28-year-old batted just .218/.331/.378 with 12 homers last season but is the favorite to open 2014 as the Cubs' starter at third base.
Jan 17 - 8:31 AM

Carrie Muskat of believes that Luis Valbuena is the front runner to start at third base for the Cubs in 2014.

Valbuena had more at-bats at the position than any other Cub in 2013, but hit a disappointing .218/.331/.378 with 12 homers and 37 RBI in 108 games. His primary competition for the job will come from former top prospect Mike Olt, who was brutal at Triple-A in 2013, but still offers tremendous power potential.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 07:56:00 PM

Luis Valbuena doubled and homered for the Cubs in Monday's win over the Mets.

The homer off Bronson Arroyo was Valbuena's second since he came off the DL last week and 11th overall. It seemed liked that he'd take a backseat to the red-hot Donnie Murphy this month, but Murphy has cooled off some and Valbuena has now started three games in a row.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:44:00 PM

Cubs activated INF Luis Valbuena from the 15-day disabled list.

Valbuena has been on the shelf since August 3 with a strained oblique. With Donnie Murphy tearing the cover off the ball, and Valbuena returning to a .225/.330/.372 line, it's hard to envision him playing on a regular basis right away.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Luis Valbuena (oblique) went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk in his first rehab game with the Cubs' Arizona League affiliate on Tuesday.

If all goes well, Valbuena should be back around when rosters expand on September 1. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since August 3 with a strained right oblique.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:50:00 AM

Luis Valbuena (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with the Cubs' Arizona League team Tuesday.

Valbuena has been on the disabled list since August 3 because of a strained right oblique. He should be activated early next month if all goes well.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 07:10:00 PM

Luis Valbuena has been cleared to head to the Cubs' spring training complex to begin workouts.

Valbuena has been on the disabled list since August 3 because of a strained right oblique muscle. He should be ready to rejoin the Cubs around early September.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 12:15:00 PM

Cubs placed INF Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a strained right oblique.

It's an injury that usually requires more than a minimum DL stay. The Cubs will use Cody Ransom and Donny Murphy at third base while Valbuena is on the shelf.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Luis Valbuena is expected to be placed on the disabled list prior to Sunday's game due to a right oblique strain.

Valbuena, who suffered the injury on Friday, should return before the end of the month. The Cubs will use Cody Ransom and Donny Murphy at third base in the meantime.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 09:11:00 AM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 and hit his seventh homer Wednesday off Oakland's Bartolo Colon.

Valbuena hit .190 with no homers in June, but he was pretty good the first two months and the Cubs aren't exactly teeming with third-base alternatives, particularly now that they've released Ian Stewart. Maybe they'll pick one up in a Matt Garza or Kevin Gregg trade. Otherwise, it could be Valbuena's job for the rest of the season.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 01:19:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker