According to multiple reports, the Cubs avoided arbitration with Luis Valbuena on Thursday and inked the infielder to a one-year, $930,000 contract.
The Cubs have three players arbitration eligible for next year that they have not agreed to terms on a contracts for the upcoming season … Jeff Samardzija, James Russell and Matt Garza. The deadline to exchange arbitration numbers is Friday, January 18.
Luis Valbuena hit .219/.310/.340/.650 in 90 games last season for the Cubs with 20 doubles and four home runs. Valbuena nearly doubled his pay from last season ($480,000) in his first year of arbitration eligibility.