According to multiple reports, the Cubs and INF Luis Valbuena agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.2 million contract for the 2015 season.
The Cubs agreed to terms on one-year deals with six of the seven arbitration eligible players prior to Friday’s deadline to exchange salary arbitration figures.
The Cubs have reportedly agreed to terms with six of the seven arbitration eligible players … Jake Arrieta ($3.63 million), LHP Felix Doubront ($1.925 million), OF Chris Coghlan ($2.505 million), LHP Travis Wood ($5.685) and C Welington Castillo ($2.1 million).
The Cubs and RHP Pedro Strop did not agree to terms and exchanged salary numbers for the 2015 season. The two sides are expected to settle before the arbitration hearing. Hearings are scheduled between Feb. 1 and Feb. 21 this year.
The Cubs have not been to arbitration with a player under the current administration. The last Cubs player to go to arbitration was INF Ryan Theriot in 2010.
Luis Valbuena made $1.71 million last season and was expected to make around $2.8-3.3 million in 2015. Valbuena will be paid $4.2 million.
Luis Valbuena spent the winter in the rumor mill and unless something changes he should be a third base on Opening Night against the Cardinals. The front office really likes what Valbuena brings to the table and as long as he in on the roster, Joe Maddon will find a way to mix him in a second, third or even shortstop.
Luis Valbuena put together his best season in the majors a year ago. Valbuena just turned 29 and is under club control for two more seasons.
Valbuena hit .249/.341/.435 in 149 games with 33 doubles, four triples and 16 home runs for a .776 OPS.
Over his three years with the Cubs, Luis Valbuena has hit .232/.330/.394 with 68 doubles, five triples and 32 home runs for a .724 OPS.