HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have acquired infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Valbuena, 29, hit .249 (119x478) with 33 doubles, 16 home runs and 51 RBI in 149 games for the Cubs last season. He played both third base (124g) and second base (21g) last season, posting a .969 fielding pct. at third base, which ranked fifth in the National League. Additionally, he did not commit an error in his 21 games at second base in 2014. Valbuena, a left-handed hitter, has played in parts of seven Major League seasons with Seattle (2008), Cleveland (2009-11) and Chicago (2012-14), appearing in 576 games over that time frame. He avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract for the 2015 season with Chicago on Friday.
Straily, 26, split his 2014 season between the Cubs and Oakland Athletics, making 14 Major League appearances, including eight starts. He spent the majority of his season at the Triple A level, posting a 7-8 record and a 4.42 ERA (58ER/118IP) with 128 strikeouts in 20 starts. A 10-game winner for Oakland in 2013, Straily was one of three players sent to Chicago in the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade last summer.
Fowler, 28, hit .276 (120x434) with a .375 on-base percentage in 116 games with Houston last season. He's played parts of seven Major League seasons, his first six (2008-13) with Colorado before the Astros acquired him last offseason in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles.
With the additions of Valbeuna and Straily and the removal of Fowler, the Astros 40-man roster is now full.