Cubs avoid arb with Valbuena. Invite 9 additional players to spring training

Cubs avoid arb with Valbuena. Invite 9 additional players to spring training

The Cubs avoided arbitration and re-signed Luis Valbuena to $930K deal.  Not that there was much competition last year but Valbuena was the Cubs top 3B in terms of WAR at 0.9.  With a 'win" worth a bit over $4.5M, that makes a $4.2M player if you can believe it.

At any rate, it's a pretty good deal for a utility infielder, especially one who plays good defense and hits left-handed.

The Cubs also have invited the following players to spring training...


  • Dayan Diaz
  • Jensen Lewis
  • Zack Putnam
  • Hisanori Takahashi


  • Alberto Gonzalez
  • Brent Lillibridge
  • Brad Nelson


  • Johermyn Chavez
  • Darnell McDonald

The following players had been invited earlier:

  • Pitchers: Andrew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Blake Parker, Corey Wade
  •  Catchers: J.C. Boscan
  • Infielder: Edwin Maysonet
  • Outfielder: Brian Bogusevic

The Cubs still plan to more before spring training begins.

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  • We might see several of these guys by June....and maybe five or six by September.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    If we do, it's going to be a long year.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Chapman and Takahashi have a good chance to break camp with the team...some others, are Iowa bound that could be called up due to injuries.

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    It would be nice if we only see Takahashi. Most of the rest are recycled, has beens and never were's that every team invites to spring training and use as AAA filler.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    I'd say he has the best shot on that list.

  • Another feather in the cap for Jed, I'm sure :-)

  • In reply to jack:

    ST invites not the most exciting signings. Maybe a guy or two will work out and make a contribution in the bullpen or off the bench.

  • Is that Dayan Diaz the same Dayan Diaz from the Astros? A pen arm with a mid 90's fastball and a plus breaking pitch? If so, how did we get him? It seemed to me he was a promising arm, why would the Astros let him go?

    I know... Too many questions lol.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Yep. Little guy with a big K rate. Walks some guys but if you're getting him for nothing, why not? Assuming he became a minor league free agent. He's played 5 years but missed a year with injury. Left on his own probably.

  • I've always liked Lillibridge for some reason. If he hits at all, he's got a shot to be the 25th man come April. Versatility got Joe Mather a job all year. The bar is pretty low.

  • In reply to Ratmoss:

    Lillibridge is Valbuena with even less power. You can do far better than a Mendoza line slap hitter whose only quality is his versatility. Frankly, Id rather see Logan Watkins make the club.

  • In reply to Ratmoss:

    I always liked him as well. Do the fact that he pretty much sucked and played for the White Sox, it is little difficult to explain. If he makes the team I won't have to.

  • Shows you how screwed up the arb process is. Luis Valbuena couldn't even win a job handed to him in either Cleveland or Toronto, and is at best a utility infielder with marginal offense. Hes not bad to have on a good team, but if hes starting your in trouble.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    Maybe but 900K is utility guy money. Doesn't bother me since that's what he is -- unless Stewart shows he can't hit again.

  • Taking a sneak peak of 2014 HOF first timers.....who might get in and others who won't.

    Greg Maddux.........YES, should get in first time as a Brave
    Frank Thomas.......No doubt, HOF for sure in 2014.
    Tom Glavine...........might take a few years to get in
    Mike Mussina........270 wins, never won CY award...tough one.
    Jeff Kent................a Juicer?......I do believe so.
    Luiz Gonzalez........will have to buy a ticket for Cooperstown
    Moises Alou,.........Bartman intercepted his votes.
    Armando Benitez.......Who?
    Sean Casey, .........Biggest talker in baseball...yak, yak, yak, yak
    Jose Cruz Jr..........his Dad was much better player
    Ray Durham...........average player
    Damion Easley.......below average player
    Keith Foulke..........Get the Foulke out of here
    Eric Gagne.............STEROIDS
    Scott Hatteberg.......wasn't he in "Moneyball" ?
    Jacque Jones.........ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Todd Jones........some names that should be left off the ballot
    Jon Lieber...........2001 great was so-so
    Esteban Loaiza....... How do you say "No" in Spanish?
    Paul Lo Duca....too bad 16 yr. old females cannot vote for him
    Matt Morris............No, No, No. No
    Trot Nixon............Say "NO" to Nixon
    Hideo Nomo......I think he got a tryout from someone this past week
    Jay Payton.........Cooperstown is not Payton's Place.
    Kenny Rogers....Love his Roasted Chicken and his music....Not
    Richie Sexson......Chicks dig his last name, but not his stats.
    J.T. Snow..............takes more than the glove to get in.
    Shannon Stewart.....Martha Stewart has a better chance to get in.
    Mike Timlin..........Another name that should not be on the ballot.
    Steve Trachsel ......Will take several innings for voters to say "No"
    Jose Vidro...........See "Timlin" remark.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    One of your better posts.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Nice list.

    A couple of disagreements :

    Tom Glavine and his 305 wins, 2 Cy Young Awards (4 additional second and third place CYA finishes), 10 All Star appearances, and 12 times in the Post Season should join Greg Maddox as first year inductees.

    If Bert Blyleven (287 W, 2 time All Star, and 3 Post Season appearances) can get in, then make room for Mike Musina (270 W, 5 time All-Star, and 9 times in the Post Season).

    And do you have ANY idea why Craig Biggio (3000+ hits, .363 CAREER OBP, 414 SBs, 7 times All-Star, 4 Gold Gloves, 6 times in Post Season, uniform retired) didn't get in? (How many 5-for-5 games did that guy have against the Cubs in his career?). Sad day for baseball and another reason why the HOF ballots should be taken away from the writers and given to the fans!

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    There are tons of fans without a glue. The way that it is done with minor changes of adding other qualified baseball expert voters may improve it. It is not supposed to be easy.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    ... And I agree with you about Frank Thomas going in next year. When Big Hurt came up to bat, I NEVER left my seat!

  • John, I kind of like this list of ST invitees much more than the ones we've seen in the past couple of years with Sonnanstine, Wellermeyer and others... I think Jensen Lewis, Takahashi and Cory Wade are interesting invitees, they've had success in the MLB in the past and could make it interesting.

    I'm rooting for Cory Wade, I like his 1.12 career whip and walk rate.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Some interesting names that do provide some deph. Looking foward to seeing them this spring.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    One thing the Cubs have in their favor to attract better NRI ST types: We have open roster spots. Anyone who has a good spring has a shot.

    That's probably not the case on better clubs.......

    This at least works in our favor

  • Cool, seems like a good deal for us. Valbuena tore up winterball, looking forward to seeing how he looks to start the year. Had a great fricking August last year .306/.434/.484 but with a .360 BABIP. Then fell off a cliff in September with .190/.293/.241 but a .260 BABIP. So the truth is somewhere in between, which isn't bad for BA and OBP, but the SLG probably needs to come up if he's gonna stick at third. His numbers play better at second, and I was impressed with him there defensively last year (albeit a small sample size), but Barney's probably already pimping a jersey with the name "Core Piece" on the back, so that's not happening.

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    LOL on Barney! As for Valbuena, I could see him being somtehing in betwen....maybe .250/.320/.380 or so

  • With Lillibridge and McDonald signed we've really strengthened our reserve RH hitting outfield candidates ???? Suddenly I'm starting to miss Joe Mather. NOT (:

  • Sammy Sosa has a new company that produces needleless drug injections.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I'm "missing the point".

  • Brett Lillibridge had a great 2011 season with the White Sox - offensively, defensively, and on the bases. I hope that's the one who shows up in Spring Training!

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    If that one shows up he may actually make the team.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    If this utility infielder thing doesn't work out for Lillibridge, he should be able to find work in Peter Jackson's next film.

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    In reply to DropThePuck:

    Lillibridge to me is the best of this NRI bunch. He is only 1 year removed from a pretty solid season off the bench. Not sure if that was a fluke, or his horrendous 2012 season.

    The more I see this, the more I think the Cubs are NOT going to sign any FA RH infielders...I think the the FO doesn't want to expend a 40-man spot to get someone good, and the plan is to bring a handful to ST and have and open tryout, basically. I would expect one of Nelson, Maysonet, or Lillibridge to go north with the club, and the other 2 to get a ticket to Iowa.

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    Big news today. Justin Upton rejects a trade to seattle. 4....yes 4 top prospects we're going to go to the Dbacks including Arizona's choice of Mariners top pitching prospects Tajuan Walker or Danny Hultzen. Can you say overpay! I agree with one writer who said up might have saved Seattle GM's job today.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Just the Walker and Franklin would have been a lot to me. Could live with the other guys.

  • That would have been an overpay, Seattle dodged a bullet there. Someone will overpay for Upton and regret it

  • Seattle's really nice during the summer.
    I sure wouldn't reject a trade there.

  • That was an over pay. It's going to be real hard to make a trade for Upton now, since their expectations have risen due to the Seattle offer.

  • Isn't Seattle the team that grossly overpaid for Richie Sexton, Carlos Silva, and Chone Figgins?

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