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 Posted: Mon Jan 19th, 2015 08:46 pm
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The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily.

The Cubs announced the move on Monday.

Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight home runs, 35 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 2014, his only season with Houston. He previously played with the Colorado Rockies after debuting in the majors in 2008.

Valbuena, 29, hit .249 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs in 149 games with the Cubs last season.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle that Valbuena will compete for the starting job at third base.

"If a player isn't helping us win games ... we have other options," Luhnow said. "Valbuena will get a long hard look at third base."

Straily, 26, went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 14 total appearances last season, which he split between the Oakland Athletics and Cubs.