#Cub and Luis Valbuena avoid arbitration. He gets $1.71M.
Chicago Tribune "The Cubs retained the rights of nine arbitration eligible players, led by pitcher Jeff Samardzija and second baseman Darwin Barney. How long they remain with the Cubs could be dictated by the trade market and the progress of their top prospects. Samardzija, one of the Cubs’ top trade chips,..." December 03
Valbuena to start rehab assignment tonight for Mesa
Valbuena (oblique) to travel to Mesa and start taking BP (off coaches). Unlikely to be ready to play whe rosters expand 9/1.
Chicago Tribune "Is Josh Vitters still the Chicago Cubs’ third baseman of the future? “He’s a priority, let’s put it that way,” manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday at PNC Park. “Who knows about (him being the) third baseman of the future, but he’s a priority to develop as that guy.” That was the original plan..." May 22
Sveum says Valbuena (finger) to return to lineup Wednesday.
Chicago Tribune "The classic paradox of what would happen when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object was not particularly relevant Thursday night when the Cubs and Marlins began a four-game series under a full moon in Miami. Both offenses have been mutually stoppable, as is evident of their standing as..." April 26
Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro left for good more than a decade ago once he saw the direction the new president was taking his country. He later stopped vacationing there because of safety concerns and has since offered to move his parents to the United States, to no avail. Third baseman Luis..." March 13
Chicago Sun-Times "Though it’s early in spring training for a minor injury, it might not be as early for the Cubs’ Ian Stewart. Stewart, who had a precautionary MRI exam Friday on the left quadriceps he tweaked running the bases Thursday, is in a time-sensitive, prove-it spring after being released over the..." February 23