Cubs Reportedly May Not Be Inclined to Trade Luis Valbuena

While the Cubs are believed to be willing to listen to offers for just about every player on the big league roster, the front office isn’t necessarily inclined to trade Luis Valbuena according to a report from Ken Rosenthal.

Luis Valbuena is in the middle of a career year at the plate and has played second and third base in 63 games for Rick Renteria this year. Valbuena is making $1.71 million in his second season of arbitration eligibility and remains under team control for one more year.

After a slow start to the year (.218/.368/.327 in April), Luis Valbuena hit .295/.389/.513 in May with a .902 OPS and over his last 16 games he is batting .333/.377/.509 with a .886 OPS that includes seven doubles and one home run.

In 63 games this season, Valbuena has put together a .284/.382/.458 slash line with 19 doubles, one triple, four home runs, countless bat flips and a .840 OPS.

According to Ken Rosenthal, Valbuena “gives the Cubs two things they lack – left-handed hitting and on-base skills.”

Ken Rosenthal thinks Luis Valbuena would be a fit for “numerous contenders,” but he did not report if any teams had contacted the Cubs about Valbuena recently or not.

Luis Valbuena is one of several position players the Cubs could move at some point before the end of August. Even with the slow starts at the plate, players such as Nate Schierholtz, Darwin Barney and Justin Ruggiano could draw interest from other teams to fill specific roles. Emilio Bonifacio figured to draw interest from teams as well before his recent oblique injury that landed him on the DL.

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  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Luis Luis
    Oh no…
    Not gonna trade ya
    No no no no…

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Got to listen to all offers but I agree Valbuena is too valuable to move unless its a big payday. Versatile guys that get on base and take doubles like he does don’t grow on trees. Plus with all te youth he could be a stabilizing veteran presence.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Poor Roster Management.

    • Tony_H

      What is? Talking to other teams and weighing the options before making moves just because a team wants one of our players.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I don’t get it. I think Rip has that comment copies and it’s the default paste on any post ;)

        • Ripsnorter1

          No.

          It would be poor roster management to hang on to this guy. This is the career year, and you want to keep him because you think he can do this next year, and even more. You’d be wrong. He’s not a run scoring machine. He’s running a temporary high, with the key word, “temporary.”

          • Tony_H

            What if the return is just a marginal prospect? Unless the return is noticeable, he is worth more as a 2B/3B, LH bat. And I don’t expect him to keep his numbers where they are right now.

          • SuzyS

            PRM-RIP…:-). Actually, Good bad or indifferent, I consider Valbuena (and Barney) to be benchmark players. Once the Cubs no longer employ them, we know the Cubs will be a much better team. (Just my opinion of course).
            Inexplicably, Valbuena reminds me of Hendry;s infatuation with Augie Ojeda.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Hendry? I thought it was Baylor’s infatuation.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I guess we’ll agree to disagree. He’s been on a steady upward trajectory since he came into the league. I don’t think he’ll end up batting .300 but probably .280 or so. And he’s 28 so I think we can expect two more years of improvement. He’s a hard worker and an intelligent player. Carries all the signs of a guy that will continue to get better.

            If we get a great haul for him I’d favor a trade. Otherwise I think he’ll be the new Angel Pagan. Valbeuna has a sweet swing, is versatile and just gets better and better.

  • John_CC

    The untouchable. Ha!

  • Denver Mike

    I read the headline, and without even getting down to the comments I started laughing.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Valbuena is 28 which in baseball is supposedly the prime of their careers 28-31 he isn’t eligible for free agency until 2017 according to baseball reference. He may have finally figured things out or he is having a career year. But why give him away for nothing with no one ready to play 2b. Who do you want to play 2b the rest of the year? Barney, Logan Watkins? Unless they can get good value back. Trade Barney and bring up Watkins to play 2b til someone shows they are ready. Baez or Alcantara. But no one gets on base and takes walks beside Rizzo and Valbuena. We have all free swingers.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I agree, but I have higher expectations of him. I think he’s a borderline all-star now and potentially could have an appearance in 2015 or 2016.

    • triple

      Finally a voice of reason in what to do with Valby (as I like to call him). Right now, he can play both of the 2 infield positions that we don’t have a plus bat (obviously not counting catcher). Olt can’t play everyday, and neither should Barney, so he can cover either of those positions while playing solid D and actually get on base via walk or hits. Besides, like others have said, what are we going to get in return for him? Nobody who’s gonna make a difference in the future.

      So since Luis has played over two-thirds of his games at 3B, let’s see how he ranks among NL 3rd basemen…

      Luis Valbuena leads all NL third basemen in doubles and OBP, third in SLG%, 2nd in OPS, 2nd in XBH, and here’s an interesting useless, but nice stat to throw out there… Luis Valbuena has yet to ground into a double play this year! So he’s not giving away extra outs either.

      This is who many people want to just give away to some other team? Now if any combination of Bryant, Beaz, and Alcantara were ready to come up and 2 of them prove they can play everyday and fill those positions, then I say trade him and get whatever we can. But while this team is in the position where they are at, he is one of the positive stories of the Cubs 2014 season, maybe we should embrace him instead of exile him.

  • DWalker

    Bryant already on the homers board in his first night at Iowa. Kid is scary.

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