Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.

The infield prospect did his best to land a big-league roster spot by producing a .937 OPS in 25 spring games, but it wasn't enough to overcome the monster spring Stephen Cardullo pieced together. Valaika will head back to Albuquerque to continue developing against advanced pitchers, although he could be one of the first players called back to the majors later in the season given his ability to play every position across the infield.

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