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Valbuena 'ready for anything' at third base

MESA, Ariz. -- Rick Renteria has not committed to who will be his regular third baseman yet, but Luis Valbuena hopes the new Cubs manager picks him.

Valbuena prepared this winter the same way he did last offseason, playing in Venezuela for Cardenales de Lara. In 34 games, he batted .311 with four home runs, seven doubles and 16 RBIs.

"I played my game," Valbuena said.

A left-handed hitter, Valbuena may find himself sharing third base with right-handed-hitting Donnie Murphy. Valbuena batted .350 against right-handed pitchers in Venezuela, .238 against lefties. At Triple-A Iowa, Murphy batted .297 against lefties and .251 against right-handers.

"I'm ready for anything," Valbuena said. "I want to do the best job. I can't make the decision. [Renteria] will make it. Every time I get an opportunity to play, I'll do my job."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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