1/10 Cubs sign Valbuena
The Cubs signed infielder Luis Valbuena to a one-year, $930,000 contract on Thursday, thus avoiding arbitration. Valbuena, 27, batted .219 in 90 games with the Cubs, who claimed the infielder off waivers from the Blue Jays on April 4. He played 82 games at third base, taking over for Ian Stewart, who was sidelined with a wrist injury that needed surgery. The Cubs have three players remaining who are arbitration eligible: Matt Garza, James Russell and Jeff Samardzija.
– Carrie Muskat