Blue Jays Acquire Valbuena From Indians

Designated for assignment on November 18th by the Indians, Luis Valbuena was acquired today by the Jays in exchange for cash considerations.  Valbuena, 25, has been a prospect in the Indians’ organization since December 2008 when he was picked up as part of a 3-team trade with Seattle, the team that drafted him in 2005.

Acquired By The Blue Jays November 26, 2011

Reports out of Cleveland are that Valbuena had an outstanding season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, but his success didn’t translate well to the big club.  In 17 games he hit .207 with 1 home run.  Valbuena was used as a backup outfielder on a roster that was overwhelmed with injury.  This comes after a horrible 2010 season where he appeared in 91 games where he hit .193 with 2 HR and 24 RBI.  No question Valbuena’s Triple-A stats were respectable, and this is the reason why the Blue Jays are taking a flyer on him.

I don’t expect to see Luis Valbuena as the solution to the Blue Jays glaring 2B hole.  Until he translates his potential to the major leagues, he will continue to be nothing more than an emergency callup from Las Vegas.  Kelly Johnson is still unsigned and has been offered arbitration by the Blue Jays.  There are also several free agent second basement floating around free agency that could fit in quite well with Toronto including Adam Kennedy, Jose Lopez, and Nick Punto.  The Blue Jays 40-man roster currently sits full though, and someone would have to be designated for assignment if one of those guys were to be acquired.

Depth Chart – November 26, 2011

Catcher

  1. JP Arencibia
  2. Travis D’Arnaud

First Base

  1. Adam Lind
  2. Edwin Encarnacion
  3. David Cooper
  4. Mark Teahen

Second Base

  1. Mike McCoy
  2. Luis Valbuena

Short Stop

  1. Yunel Escobar
  2. Mike McCoy

Third Base

  1. Brett Lawrie
  2. Edwin Encarnacion
  3. Jose Bautista
  4. Mike McCoy

Designated Hitter

  1. Edwin Encarnacion
  2. Adam Lind
  3. Mark Teahan
  4. David Cooper

Starting Pitchers

  1. Ricky Romero
  2. Brandon Morrow
  3. Brett Cecil
  4. Henderson Alvarez
  5. Dustin McGowan

Bullpen

  1. Casey Janssen
  2. Jesse Litsch
  3. Joel Carreno
  4. Luis Perez
  5. Carlos Villanueva
  6. Danny Farquhar
  7. Chad Beck

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