Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
3 days ago

Valbuena is not limited by the hamstring surgery he underwent last August and is ready to compete for the Angels' first base job, the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena followed up his breakout campaign in 2015 with an even better start to the 2016 season, slashing a career-best .260/.357/.459 with 16 homers in 90 games prior to going down with a season-ending hamstring injury. Now that he is healthy, the 31-year-old is ready to compete with C.J. Cron for the lion's share of at-bats at first base. Despite their opposite handedness, both batters' splits indicate that they are better against righties, so a strict platoon isn't a guarantee. This will be a battle to monitor this spring because the winner will be a high power upside option in fantasy.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
1 month ago

Valbuena is expected to compete with C.J. Cron for the starting spot at first base in 2017, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Angels recently signed Valbuena to a two-year deal worth $15 million after a 2016 season that saw him post a .260 batting average and .816 OPS over 90 games. Due to their investment in the 31-year-old, the club plans to have Valbuena compete for the starting job at first. However, the job won't be easy to take, as Cron posted a career-best line of .278/.325/.467 over 116 games in 2016.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
1 month ago

Valbuena and the Angels are in agreement on a two-year deal with a club option, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

There's no word yet on the terms of the deal, but Valbuena figures to get rewarded for his surprise season in 2016 in which he hit a strong .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs in 342 plate appearances. It's worth noting that Valbuena was forced to undergo season-ending hamstring surgery in August, but all reports indicate he should be ready for spring training. Valbuena could end up all over the infield with the Angels, given that first and third base already have C.J. Cron and Yunel Escobar and that the 31-year-old probably doesn't have the range to regularly field second base anymore.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
4 months ago

Valbuena was not tendered a qualifying offer Monday, making him a free agent, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena didn't receive as many at-bats in the 2016 season as he had the year prior, but his power was still evident as he posted a .459 slugging percentage and a .199 ISO. At age 30, it's unlikely he'll receive a huge contract, although now that he won't cost a draft pick upon signing, he could command a bit more value on the open market.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
6 months ago

Valbuena successfully underwent hamstring surgery Thursday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The move to go under the knife spelled the end of Valbuena's season, but everything went as expected and he should be ready to go by the start of spring training. The 30-year-old will enter free agency coming off of one of the better seasons of his career, in which he slashed .260/.357/.459 to go along with 13 home runs and 40 RBI.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
6 months ago

Manager A.J. Hinch announced Tuesday that Valbuena (hamstring) will undergo season-ending surgery, Julia Morales of ROOT Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

2016 was arguably the best season of Valbuena's career, as he posted an .816 OPS over 90 games, but his campaign will come to an end with over a month remaining in the regular season. While he will head into the offseason recovering from surgery, his strong showing with the bat should help his cause as he enters free agency for the first time. A return to Houston seems like a long shot with Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel both on hand to play third base in 2017.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
6 months ago

Valbuena will have his hamstring examined Wednesday to decide if surgery will be necessary, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena, who's been out since July 27, is entertaining the option of undergoing season ending surgery after recently experiencing a setback in his rehab process. Valbuena's course of action should be known shortly after his examination Wednesday. During his absence, look for Alex Bregman and the newly-called up Yulieski Gurriel to share time at third base.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
6 months ago

Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback in his rehab and has been sent back to Houston, Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena had been traveling with the team under the belief that he was close to getting back on the field, but this news seemingly dashes any hope of an imminent return. Little is know about the situation other than the fact that the setback occurred while Valbuena was running, but manager A.J. Hinch called in a "major setback" for the infielder.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
6 months ago

Valbuena (hamstring) was spotted jogging and stretching prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a good sign that Valbuena is able to work out, but it's not quite clear where he stands in his recovery from his hamstring injury. Alex Bregman will continue seeing regular action at third base while Valbuena remains sidelined.

Luis Valbuena
3B LAA
7 months ago

Valbuena (hamstring) has yet to resume running, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Valbuena, who is eligible for activation from the DL this week, won't join the Astros on their road trip that begins Monday against the Twins, meaning that his return doesn't appear imminent. He'll have to first perform baseball activities before he's cleared to head out on a rehab assignment.