From the Wire … Cubs Claim Luis Valbuena Off Waivers, Outright Frankie De La Cruz

According to multiple reports, the Cubs claimed infielder Luis Valbuena off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Valbuena was added to the Cubs 40-man roster and will be on the 25-man roster for Thursday’s opener against the Nationals.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs announced Frankie De La Cruz has been outrighted off the big league roster and assigned to Triple-A Iowa.

In parts of four big league seasons the light-hitting Luis Valbuena has put together a .226/.286/.344/.630 line with 42 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs in 229 games. One of Valbuena’s best days in the majors came against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Valbuena played in just 17 games for the Cleveland Indians last season (.209/.227/.279/.506).

Luis Valbuena’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs were trying to add a backup for Starlin Castro all off-season and brought Alfredo Amezaga into camp to compete for the job.

As for the Opening Day roster, the Cubs have not announced the corresponding roster moves to add Blake DeWitt, Joe Mather and Shawn Camp to the 40-man roster. All three players have been told they will begin the season on the Cubs’ 25-man roster.

The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 39 players.

The Cubs announced they will begin the year with an 11-man pitching staff, not 12 as expected. Rodrigo Lopez has been told he will not begin the year with the big league team. Dale Sveum’s pen is expected to consist of: Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, Rafael Dolis, Lendy Castillo, James Russell, and Shawn Camp.

Casey Coleman has been officially optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Stay Tuned … will update when the roster moves become official.

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