The Cubs have two roster moves to make prior to Friday’s opener against the Dodgers, and one of the additions to the big league roster will be INF Chris Valaika.
During his weekly segment on The Kap & Haugh Show, Jed Hoyer indicated Arismendy Alcantara would continue playing second base, along with Chris Valaika and confirmed that Valaika was on his way to catch up with the Cubs in Los Angeles as reports late Thursday and Friday morning suggested.
The Cubs are also expected to add a reliever to the 25-man roster prior to Friday’s game. RHP Kyuji Fujikawa has completed his rehab assignment with Iowa and should be activated from the 60-day DL.
The Cubs will have to select/purchase the contract of INF Chris Valaika from Triple-A Iowa and add him to the 40-man roster. The two moves required to call up Valaika and activate Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day DL will take the two open spots on the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 38 players.
Chris Valaika signed a minor league contract with the Cubs last winter that included a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Valaika made his Major League debut with the Reds on August 24, 2010 after Cincinnati took him in the third round of the 2006 draft.
Chris Valaika played in 22 games at the big league level for the Marlins last season. Valaika put together a .219/.261/.344 line with five doubles and a home run. In 55 games at the big league level, Valaika has his .244/.281/.362 with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and a .644 OPS. Valaika turns 29 years old on August 14.