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FEB 25, 11:32a ET | Jay Clemons
Rotowire: Jan 19 / 8:27a ET
News: Valbuena has been traded to the Astros in the Dexter Fowler deal.
Impact: Valbuena will compete for the Astros' starting third base spot and could be considered the favorite with Matt Dominguez continuing to trend downward. The hole left at third in Chicago could be filled by Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella, or Arismendy Alcantara.
StatsLLC: Jan 19 / 12:00a ET
News: Outfielder Dexter Fowler has been traded from the Houston Astros to the Chicago Cubs for Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily.
Impact: The 29-year-old Valbuena played third base primarily last year but also saw time at second. He hit .249 with 33 doubles, 16 homers and 51 RBIs. Valbuena agreed Friday to a $4.2 million, one-year contract and can become a free agent after the 2016 World Series.
Rotowire: Jan 16 / 1:14p ET
News: Valbuena avoided arbitration with the Cubs with a one-year, $4.2 million deal, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Valbuena enjoyed a strong 2014, manning third base and registering an above-average .776 OPS. Going forward, the question is if the 29-year-old can withstand the tidal wave of youthful talent the Cubs have coming in.