Cubs Claim Luis Valbuena

2:18pm: The Cubs have claimed Valbuena, reports ESPN's Keith Law (on Twitter).

2:04pm: Luis Valbuena has been claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays by an unknown team, reports Richard Griffin of The Toronto Star (on Twitter). He is out of options.

Valbuena, 26, was traded from the Indians to the Blue Jays in November. He spent the majority of 2011 with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate where he hit .302/.372/.476 with 17 homers in 472 plate appearances. The infielder played 194 games for the Indians' varsity squad in 2009 and 2010 and saw a good deal of time at second base.


Leave a Reply

23 Comments on "Cubs Claim Luis Valbuena"


thesultanofswingandmiss
3 years 4 months ago

who is Luis Valbuena, I have no idea what so ever

3 years 4 months ago

 Highly touted prospect in the Indians organization. Ran out of options and went to Toronto, but didn’t make it there. 

thesultanofswingandmiss
3 years 4 months ago

So he is dead? No wonder the cubs got him

timwmccann
3 years 4 months ago

The Cubs have employed plenty of highly touted prospects who never made it. One more can’t hurt, I guess.

mj888
3 years 4 months ago

He was a good prospect…never highly touted though.

3 years 4 months ago

 Great defensively – weak bat. If stays up he’ll make a good late inning defensive replacement.

3 years 4 months ago

Average to below avg D with some potential with the bat that he hasnt realized

3 years 4 months ago

don’t know which team but i think he would make the following teams (dude who would be cut ): red sox (justin thomas), orioles (nick johnson), rays (vogt), tigers (danny worth), a’s (jonny gomes), mariners (kawasaki), marlins (donnie murphy), nats (Chad tracy), phillies (orr), astros (ruggiano), brewers (ishikawa), cards (carpenter), and pads (parrino)

3 years 4 months ago

 Tigers (Brandon Inge)

Tigerfan93
3 years 4 months ago

Inge unfortunately has spot reserved for him on the Tigers roster when he comes off the DL; there’s no need for Valbuena. I see him going to Philly.

thesultanofswingandmiss
3 years 4 months ago

not carpenter but probably some bench player

philliesfan136
3 years 4 months ago

Phillies might have grabbed him.

3 years 4 months ago

Phillies, Padres? 

thesultanofswingandmiss
3 years 4 months ago

Your right with the Pads. They’re just desperate.

3 years 4 months ago

 While the Padres are thin at SS internally, they have the deepest system in baseball. I wouldn’t exactly say their “desperate”.

Tigerfan93
3 years 4 months ago

Thanks, I was just about to edit to clarify that lol. 

3 years 4 months ago

Cubs.

TLB2001
3 years 4 months ago

Royals (Chris Getz)

Manfrenjensen
3 years 4 months ago

With the Cubs making the waiver claim, does that mean that DeWitt doesn’t make the 40-man roster?

ratmoss
3 years 4 months ago

Supposedly DeWitt does make the roster.  They are going with 11 pitchers.  But with the Valbuena pick up, there is only one spot on the 40 man for 3 non-roster guys.  Cubbies ain’t done yet.  DeWitt is probably being shopped, the 11 pitcher thing doesn’t make sense with a rule 5 kid in the pen and Jeff Smardzija as a SP.

cubs223425
3 years 4 months ago

I think it’s a curious move. Can Valbuena play short? I don’t think it really matters, since Barney can. Having 3 backups at 2B in DeWitt, Baker, and Valbuena is a strange move. Maybe they’re nearing a deal with one of their current guys?

Tyler
3 years 4 months ago

Last I heard that the Cubs have been shopping Baker as of recent.

cubs223425
3 years 4 months ago

That’s allegedly been going on for a couple of months now, though. That, and now LaHair’s back is iffy, so Baker might be playing first tomorrow.