Mar 7, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Chris Valaika (60) scores the go ahead run in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Cubs won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Valaika Set To Be Promoted To Chicago Cubs

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With the trade of utility man Emilio Bonifacio on Thursday, that created an opening on the Chicago Cubs’ Major League roster for a position player.

The player filling that vacancy appears to be infielder Chris Valaika.

Valaika was pulled from the Iowa Cubs’ game on Thursday night and the expectation is that he will meet the Cubs in Los Angeles as the team prepares to play the Dodgers.

Valaika, like Bonifacio, has experience playing in both the outfield and the infield.

With the Iowa Cubs this season, Valaika is hitting .278/.344/.423 with 10 home runs in 397 plate appearances.

Valaika, 28, has had previous stops in the Major Leagues with the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins. In 137 career plate appearances in the Major League, Valaika is hitting .244/.281/.362 with an OPS+ of 74.

From August to the end of the season, Valaika will likely have the opportunity to play his way onto the Cubs’ roster for the 2015 season. Valaika’s versatility could be what makes him an ideal candidate to be a utility player for the Cubs off the bench next season.

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