According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs discussions with the A’s in the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland included Luis Valbuena at one point. And the two teams may revisit those discussions for Valbuena before the July 31 trade deadline.
Billy Beane is looking to add a second baseman to the A’s roster and Valbuena “could enter the mix at second base.” Rosenthal added part of Valbuena’s appeal is that he is under club control through the 2016 season.
Luis Valbuena has cooled off after a red hot May and early June. Valbuena hit .295/.389/.513 in 23 games in May with a .902 OPS. In June he finished with a .275/.320/.451 slash line and a .770 OPS. For the season, Valbuena is hitting .260/.344/.427 with 22 doubles, two triples, five home run s and a .771 OPS.
Luis Valbuena can play second, third and shortstop and would be good utility player on a winning team.
The Cubs value what Luis Valbuena provides them, according to Rosenthal, a left-handed bat with on base skills. Valbuena is making $1.71 million this season. And a correction on previous reports, Valbuena has two years of club control left on his contract.
James Russell and Wesley Wright
The Cubs two lefty relievers are expected to be moved before the deadline and both names have been in the rumor mill for several weeks. The Blue Jays were thought to be interested in one of the southpaws and the Angels were connected to James Russell before Jerry Dipoto traded for lefty Joe Thatcher.
James Russell and Wesley Wright are under club control for the 2015 season. Russell is arbitration eligible for one more year after being paid $1.775 million this season. Wright is also arbitration eligible for one last time nest season. Wright is making $1.425 million this year.
Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday the Cubs are receiving interest in James Russell and Wesley Wright but he did not mention which teams could be talking to the Cubs about the two southpaws.
As for other trade chips the Cubs have between now and the end of August, teams have shown interest in Darwin Barney, Justin Ruggiano and Carlos Villanueva.