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Cubs avoid arbitration with INF Valbuena

January, 10, 2013
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs announced the signing Thursday of infielder Luis Valbuena to a one-year deal to avoid salary arbitration.

The contract, which only becomes guaranteed if he makes the team, is for $930,000, according to a source familiar with the situation. Valbuena, 27, hit .219 in 90 games for the Cubs last season.

The Cubs also announced 16 non-rostered players were invited to spring training, including former White Sox infielder Brent Lillibridge. The list contains players who have signed minor league deals with invites to major league camp: OF Brian Bogusevic, Catcher J.C. Boscan, RHP Andrew Carpenter, RHP Jaye Chapman, OF Johermyn Chavez, RHP Dayan Diaz, INF Alberto Gonzalez, RHP Jensen Lewis, INF Edwin Maysonet, OF Darnell McDonald, 1B/OF Brad Nelson, RHP Blake Parker, RHP Zack Putnam, LHP Hisanori Takahashi, RHP Cory Wade.

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