Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says moving Luis Valbuena doesn’t change Kris Bryant’s timetable


Luis Valbuena served as the Cubs’ regular third baseman last season, but he was traded to the Astros today in the Dexter Fowler deal. This means that the Cubs are ready to hand over the reigns to top prospect Kris Bryant, right? Not so fast.

According to Carrie Muskat of, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said earlier today that moving Valbuena doesn’t change Bryant’s timetable, whatever that might be.

“When Kris is ready, when we think he’s ready to come up to the big leagues, we’ll make that decision but certainly trading Valbuena will not speed up that clock at all,” Hoyer said. “It’s all dependent on Kris.”

You could certainly make the case that Bryant is ready right now. The 23-year-old led the minors with 43 home runs last season while batting .325/.438/.661 over 138 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. Of course, it’s not that simple. Things could obviously change if Bryant forces the issue during the spring, but the Cubs figure to at least wait until late April/early May to delay his free agency clock by a year. The Cubs could turn to Mike Olt, Tommy LaStella, and possibly Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez at third base while they wait for Bryant.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.