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Cubs sign Valbuena off waivers

Chicago — The Cubs claimed infielder Luis Valbuena off waivers from the Blue Jays Wednesday and outrighted right-hander Frankie De La Cruz to Triple-A Iowa.

Valbuena, 26, is a versatile infielder who has spent time at second base, shortstop and third base. He has recorded 13 home runs and compiled a .226 Major League average in four seasons (Seattle in 2008, Cleveland 2009-11). In 2009 he recorded 25 doubles and 10 home runs.

With Triple-A Columbus last season, Valbuena batted .302 (127-for-420) with 22 doubles, 17 home runs and 75 RBI in 113 games.  He posted a .372 on-base percentage and a .476 slugging percentage, good for an .848 OPS.  He was a mid-season and International League All-Star.

Valbuena will be on the Opening Day roster.

De La Cruz, who was claimed off waivers by the Cubs from Milwaukee on March 16, pitched 11 games for the Brewers last season, posting a 2.77 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP.

Cactus Notes: Sonnanstine outrighted to Iowa

Mesa, Ariz — The Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Andy Sonnanstine was assigned outright to the organization’s Triple-A Iowa squad Thursday. Entering spring training vying for a spot in the rotation, the 29-year-old posted a 14.40 ERA in five innings through four games.

The move reduces the current roster to 47 players, and Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Sonnanstine came over as a free agent in the offseason. He spent the last five years with the Rays, winning 28 games in his time in Tampa as both a starter and reliever.

Cubs sign Cuban left-hander Concepcion

MESA, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion have agreed to terms on a five-year major league contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Concepcion, who turned 20 last month, earned Cuban National Series Rookie of the Year honors last season after going 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 games (16 starts) for the Industriales. At just 19, Concepcion placed among league leaders in wins (tied for sixth), winning percentage (second at .769) and ERA (ninth).

A season earlier, the 6-foot-2 southpaw pitched for Havana in the Cuban Junior National Tournament, going 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA (16 ER/47.0 innings pitched) in 15 appearances, six as a starter. He struck out 39, walked only 15 and did not allow a home run in 47.0 innings.

Although Concepcion was added to the 40-man roster, he will report to minor league camp. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

Cubs decisions on arbitration day

Today is an important day for MLB clubs, as they have until midnight EST to offer arbitration to players who have declared for free agency. For the Cubs, that includes Henry Blanco, Jim Edmonds, Chad Fox, Bob Howry, Jon Lieber, Daryle Ward and Kerry Wood.

Two of those free agents — Wood and Howry — would bring draft-pick compensation if they are offered arbitration and instead sign with another team. Both are Type A free agents (ranked in the top 20 percent of their position over the last two years), so the Cubs would be compensated with two draft choices: a first or second round pick and a sandwich pick between those two rounds.

So general manager Jim Hendry and his staff have to weigh the chance that Howry or Wood accept arbitration — and thus will get a high-value, one-year contract with the team — against the value of the draft choices.


Note that the current Basic Agreement, agreed to Oct. 24, 2006, changed a few imporant things about salary arbitration and free agency deadlines:

  • The deadline to offer salary arbitration was moved to Dec. 1 from Dec. 7.
  • Teams no longer must re-sign or offer arbitration to a former player by Dec. 7. Previously, teams that did not meet that deadline would lose the rights to that player until May 1.
  • Players now must decide whether to accept arbitration by Dec. 7, moved from Dec. 19.
  • Type B free agents were redefined from top 21-40 percent from 31-50 and are compensated with a sandwich pick rather than another team’s.
  • Type A free agents were redefined from top 30 percent to top 20. Type C classification was eliminated.

As for the other Cubs players eligible for arbitration …

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