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Cubs trade Luis Valbuena

by Dale Redman | Red Sox Correspondent | Mon, Jan 19th 4:19pm EST

The Chicago Cubs have traded infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily to the Astros for outfielder Dexter Fowler. Valbuena was projected to be the starting third base man for the Cubs. (Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact:

The trade of Valbuena opens up a spot at third for mega prospect Kris Bryant, the third base man of the Cubs future. The Cubs will most likely leave Bryant in the minor leagues at the start of the season, to gain more control over Bryant's future contracts. Mike Olt is the most likely candidate to start the season at third base for the Cubs. Olt was the Cubs' starting thid baseman for Opening Day in 2014. He hit 12 home runs in 258 plate appearances, but struggled with 100 strikeouts and a .160 batting average in his 89 games in the majors last season. Olt could be a good source of power in fantasy, for at least the first month of the season that is.

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