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Cubs Make The Needed Big Trade...Or Something...

By Jay Garneau

The Cubs traded for Rockies utility infielder Jeff Baker late Wednesday. Chances are, you heard Jeff Baker and commented 'who?' or something of the like. Even I, a huge baseball fan, wasn't sure who it was, thinking of catcher John Baker at first. Well, at least the front office is trying.

I don't see what this guy is supposed to do for us. He hasn't played a game since April due to a hand injury. He's never played a full season, and he's 28. Well, he'll fit right in, in that regard. Last year was his career year, when he hit .268 with 12 HRs and 48 RBIs in just under 300 ABs. Sounds decent, right? Oh wait. Former Rockie. .221-4-18 with a .266 OBP away from Coors. I don't see him doing a whole lot with his bat to help.

He has experience at 2nd, 1st, 3rd, and RF. I would imagine he'll be pretty much a right handed, non-Gold Glove version of Andres Blanco. More similar to Fontenot, only without the hot streaks.

I'm sure the Cubs know something I don't, but as of right now, I don't see this guy being better than anyone already on the 25 man roster. Maybe he's an Aaron Miles replacement for good.

Hopefully, the Cubs aren't putting any eggs in this basket in terms of hoping he's some sort of savior. Maybe he'll be Milton Bradley's friend? That could be the best use he has. We'll see.

note: It appears that the Cubs have designated Ryan Freel for assignment. I guess that makes more sense. Freel was doing his job about as badly as possible (.368 OPS), so it's pretty much a younger, slower, more powerful clone? Oh well.

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