Earlier today both the websites for the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs confirmed the trade for Jeff Baker. The super utility player goes to the Tigers in exchange for two players to be named later. Those players will be determined by the end of October. As Cubs fans are well aware, Detroit is getting a nice player off the bench that has a history of hurting left handed pitching. What the Cubs get in return is up in the air, but at this point in the season, you take what you can get. That is even more so true when Baker did not figure to be in the Cubs future plans for 2013 and beyond.
What will probably overshadow this trade is the news that the Cubs have also called up top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. With Baker sent packing, it opened up one roster spot for Vitters, and to make space for Jackson, the North Siders also made the move to send down speedster Tony Campana.
The promotion was made in time for Jackson to be inserted into the Cubs starting line up. He will patrol center field and bat second in his Major League debut.
Meanwhile Campana finds himself back in the minors. His speed kills, but the scrappy outfielder needs to work on getting more base hits to be able to use his base stealing threat.