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18 Luis Valbuena 3B
Height/Weight: 5-10/200 | Birthdate: 11/30/1985 | Birthplace: Sucre, Zulia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Houston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $930,000 | Owned/Started%: 53/43 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros' Hinch on Luis Valbuena: He's going to play a lot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch stopped short Thursday of anointing Luis Valbuena as the team's starting third base, but he did indicate the veteran infielder will see plenty of playing time in 2015, per MLB.com.

"He's going to play a lot," Hinch said. "He puts up good at-bats, he hits homers, he draws walks, he's coming off a really good season. So I think he's going to play a lot with a lot of at-bats. Other guys can nudge into that as I've said, but I'm very pleased with Luis.

"No one's playing themselves sort of out of consideration. Valbuena has played terrific. I think he's put up steady at-bats and gotten a lot of regular playing time, so he's clearly on our team and is going to contribute a lot. So I think the balance of that is we talk about how we put together the rest of our roster. It's still undecided."


Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) With the Astros recently acquiring infielder Luis Valbuena, third baseman Matt Dominguez has been asked to start learning how to play first base, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.

Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.

"[Astros manager A.J. Hinch] thinks I'm going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do."


Luis Valbuena, Matt Dominguez to compete for Astros' starting 3B job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said infielder Luis Valbuena, who was acquired Monday in a trade with the Cubs, will compete with Matt Dominguez for the starting job at third base.

“If a player isn’t helping us win games … we have other options,” Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Valbuena will get a long hard look at third base.”

The 29-year-old Valbuena has spent the last three seasons with the Cubs. He hit .249 with a career-best 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 55 RBI in 149 games in 2014. He has a career .229 average over seven MLB seasons with the Mariners, Indians and Cubs.

The 25-year-old Dominguez hit .215 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI in 157 games in 2014. He is a career .233 hitter over four MLB seasons.

“Valbuena played every day at third … we’ve got to sort it out," manager A.J. Hinch said. "The steadiness that he brings at third base is certainly an attribute we’re going to look at.”


Astros trade Dexter Fowler to Cubs for Dan Straily, Luis Valbuena


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) The Astros traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for starting pitcher Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena.

The 28-year-old Fowler spent one season with the Astros after being acquired in a December 2013 trade with the Rockies. He is in his final year of arbitration after making $7.35 million in 2014. Fowler has a career .271/366/.419/.786 slash line over seven MLB seasons. He has a career .136 average (3 for 22) in nine career games at Wrigley Field.

The 26-year-old Straily is on the move again after Chicago acquired him in a July trade with Oakland. Straily is 13-12 with a 4.54 ERA in 48 MLB appearances (42 starts).

The 29-year-old Valbuena has spent the last three seasons with the Cubs. He hit .249 with a career-best 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 55 RBI in 149 games in 2014. He has a career .229 average over seven MLB seasons with the Mariners, Indians and Cubs.


Cubs close to acquiring Dexter Fowler from Astros


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) The Cubs are on the verge of acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros on Monday, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Cubs will send pitcher Dan Straily and third baseman Luis Valbuena to the Astros to complete the deal, reports Yahoo Sports.

Fowler is in his last year of arbitration eligibility and could receive more than $9 million. In 2014, Fowler hit .276 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 434 at-bats.


Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena avoids arbitration with $4.2 million deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $4.2 million contract for 2015 prior to Friday's deadline, reports ESPN. Valbuena, 29, hit .249 with 16 homers and 51 RBI over 478 at-bats in 2014.

Cubs tender eight arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Cubs tendered contracts to eight arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline. Those players included: Pitchers Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta, outfielder Chris Coghlan,  third baseman Luis Valbuena, reliever Pedro Strop, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, pitcher Felix Doubront and catcher Welington Castillo.

Report: Cubs to tender offers to 10 arbitration-eligible players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs are expected to tender offers to the 10 arbitration-eligible players on their roster by Tuesday's deadline, according to MLB.com. The 10 players are Travis WoodJake ArrietaJohn BakerWelington CastilloChris CoghlanFelix DoubrontJustin RuggianoPedro StropLuis Valbuena and Wesley Wright.

Hitters to start in Week 24


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 24 (Sept. 8-14)? Russell Martin, Matt Adams, Scooter Gennett, Luis Valbuena, J.J. Hardy and Mookie Betts are just of the few of the ones I recommend in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

To find out why, be sure to check it out.


Luis Valbuena slugs 16th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 4-2 win over the Brewers Monday.

Valbuena connected on a monster shot over the center field wall in the eighth inning to provide his team with a little breathing room. He has hit .246/.327/.447 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI in 403 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena swats 13th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 7-5 loss to the Reds Wednesday.

Valbuena scored the first run of the game with his second-inning home run, which was immediately followed by another home run by outfielder Jorge Soler in his major-league debut. Valbuena has hit .241/.322/.428 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 381 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena goes deep for homer No. 12


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena displayed his power again Friday, as he homered for the second time in three games in a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

Valbuena went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, his only run scored or driven in during the game. He has 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 117 games, while hitting .245/.324/.429 overall on the season.


Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena 3 for 4 with a triple and a solo home run in his team's 8-3 loss to the Giants Wednesday.

Valbuena led off the second inning with a triple in his first at-bat, but the Cubs recorded back-to-back outs without pushing him across the plate before a two-run home run put the team on the board. Valbuena then delivered a home run of his own in the eighth inning. The third baseman owns a .242/.324/.423 line with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 359 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena returns from two-game absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Mets after missing two straight starts due to an illness. Valbuena is mired in a 3-for-39 slump in his last 14 games.

Illness keeps Luis Valbuena out Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena is out of the lineup yet again Saturday against the Mets, as he continues to deal with an illness. His absence Saturday does not come as a surprise, but it is not clear if he will be well enough to play Sunday either.  

Luis Valbuena to miss next two days with flu


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena will miss the next two games due to the flu, according to MLB.com.

Valbuena was not in the team's starting lineup Friday, and is not expected to play Saturday. He's hitting .233/.320/.408 over 343 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena off Friday and Saturday amid slump


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena will not play Friday and Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, as manager Rich Renteria wants him to put a recent slump behind him. Valbuena has just two hits -- both singles -- over the team's last 10 games, with 10 strikeouts and just four walks in that span. 

Luis Valbuena slugs 10th home run Sunday vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with two walks and a solo home run in his team's 7-3 win over the Dodgers Sunday.

Valbuena put an exclamation point on the victory with his ninth-inning blast to center field. It was his third home run in his last five games and his fifth home run since the break. Valbuena has hit .251/.335/.444 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 311 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena absent from Saturday lineup against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) A matchup against tough Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena sitting Saturday night in favor of Chris Valaika.

Valbuena has hit well against lefties this season with 13 hits in 46 at-bats. He's hit surprisingly well overall with a .252/.333/.438 stat line and 40 runs scored in 306 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 6-4 loss to the Rockies Wednesday.

Valbuena drove in a run with an infield single in the sixth inning. He then tied the game for the Cubs with a two-run blast in the eighth, but the Rockies were able to pull out a win in extra innings. Valbuena has hit .252/.335/.433 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 298 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena hits sixth home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena hit his sixth home run Wednesday against the Padres.

With two men on, Valbuena worked a two-pitch at-bat against Ian Kennedy in the fourth inning. On the second pitch, Valbuena belted a 76 mph curve out to right for a three-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Luis Valbuena riding month-long hot streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena totaled two singles, two walks, two strikeouts and one run during Monday's 5-4 win in 13 innings against the Marlins. He was also caught stealing on his first stolen-base attempt this season.

Valbuena totaled his fifth multi-hit game in his last seven appearances and his sixth this month. He's been on an offensive surge since mid-May, raising his season average from .207 to .289.

He is batting .366 with a .438 on-base percentage, .581 slugging percentage and 1.019 OPS in his last 27 games. He has three home runs, 10 RBI, 11 doubles, 15 runs, 12 walks and 20 strikeouts in that span.


Luis Valbuena back in the lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena, who missed Sunday's game with an abdominal injury, returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Mets. Valbuena is hitting .263 with three homers and 12 RBI in 133 at-bats.

Luis Valbuena expected to return Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Mets, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Valbuena was not in the lineup Sunday because of an abdominal problem. He is hitting .263/.384/.436 in 133 at-bats.

Luis Valbuena out with abdominal problem


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena was not in Sunday's lineup due to an abdominal problem, reports MLB.com. The injury is not serious, and Valbena was sidelined as a precaution, the report said.