Cubs add Lopez and outright Valbuena

Cubs add Lopez and outright Valbuena

As I mentioned yesterday, Lopez has joined the Cubs roster this weekend.  The Cubs outrighted Luis Valbuena to AAA Iowa.  Valbuena was out of options and had to clear waivers before he could be sent down.

The Cubs have done a good job of timing their moves to make it difficult for other teams to claim players.  They have only lost Jeff Bianchi and John Gaub through the waiver process so far, although Sonnanstine did clear but then exercised his right to become a free agent.  Of course, one could always argue that nobody wants the guys the Cubs are waiving.  From a Cubs perspective, they have to be happy that they have managed to keep some usable pieces such as Manny Corpas, Frankie De La Cruz, and Adrian Cardenas.

Lopez becomes the long reliever and adds the veteran that manager Dale Sveum was looking for in the bullpen.  He also gives the Cubs an immediate option should they need a last minute emergency starter.

For Iowa, it means another big bat.  Valbuena has feasted on AAA pitching but has had trouble making the adjustment to major league pitching.  While he's not great defensively, he may get some time at SS so that both he and Cardenas get playing time.  He'll also see some time when Iowa uses the DH.

The Cubs have now safely stashed 3 LH hitting second baseman -- two at Iowa and one on the bench.  It gives them flexibility for a deal down the road as well as having some options behind starter Darwin Barney.



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  • I think they just claim every available infielder and then later try to sneak them through waivers, like some kind of habit. Are we sure Fontenot isn't back?

  • In reply to bruno14:

    Fontenot would fit the profile. Let's go get em! ;)

  • I realize that it is way too early in the season, but as inconsistent as Wood and Marmol have been thus far, how long will Dale and crew stay with them?

  • In reply to supercapo:

    Good question. I think he gradually gives higher leverage innings to Dolis, Russell, and Camp -- but we're going to have to live with this for awhile.

  • In reply to supercapo:

    So far today, deja vu all over again.

  • 2 things. One, Cub fans deserve better than this, and two, Wood and Marmol don't have to be used in every effin' close game. Show a little confidence in the rest of the 'pen.

  • Castro's untouchable, right? I mean even if a team knocked us out with a 8 prospect package or something, we wouldn't deal Castro would we? Stocking up all these middle infielders worries me.

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    I guess nobody is truly untouchable, but it really is hard to get equal value for Castro. Having a true SS is rare enough, having one that hits like Castro does is even rarer -- then having one that is just 22 and under team control for 4 more years is the icing on the cake. How does a team even make a fair package without gutting their own team?

    I don't see Castro being traded.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Ah, good. They're probably stocking up middle infielders as pieces for future trades. I wonder if Barney has much trade value. I wouldn't have thought so, but I was surprised to hear the Nationals announcers saying they were glad when he was originally out of the lineup today and the other saying something like, "Yeah, him and Castro I'd rather not see. Good, young players."

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    I think other teams might have more respect for Barney than Cubs fans do. He's a good defender, could possibly play SS, has good contact ability. If he develops that extra base power, he might not be a bad regular.

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