The Chicago Cubs have signed infielder Chris Valaika to a minor league contract, according to MLB Network and FOX Sport’s Ken Rosenthal.
Valaika, 28, spent last season with the Miami Marlins at the major league level and at Triple-A New Orleans, where he hit .235/.296/.347 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 48 games. Before a wrist injury, Valaika hit .219/.261/.344 with one home run and nine RBIs in 22 games at the major league level.
Valaika was one of several Marlins players that sparred with ex-hitting coach Tino Martinez, which caused Marlins’ owner Jeff Loria to veto Valaika’s promotion to Miami in August. He played every infield position this season before his injury and should be an utility infielder at Triple-A Iowa as well as providing depth for the Cubs.
Said Valaika’s agent, Joel Wolfe, of his signing with the #Cubs: “Chris is very excited to be with a first-class organization.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 18, 2013
Valaika was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round of the 2006 MLB Entry Draft and has hit .244/.281/.362 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 55 major league games.