CHICAGO, IL - JULY 18: Jeff Baker #3 of the Chicago Cubs follows through on an RBI double scoring teammates Geovany Soto #18 and Darwin Barney #15 during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field on July 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
The Detroit Tigers acquired Jeff Baker from the Chicago Cubs for two players to be named later.
The Chicago Cubs have officially sent third baseman Jeff Baker to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two players to be named later, the league announced on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs have been on a youth movement lately and shipping off the 31-year-old infielder to Detroit will allow Chicago to continue on that trend, promoting third baseman Josh Vitters and outfielder Brett Jackson to the Major League roster, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Both former No. 1 draft picks, Vitters and Jackson were called up from Triple-A Iowa. Vitters was hitting .304 with 17 homers and 68 RBIs at Iowa, while Jackson was hitting .256 with 15 homers and 47 RBI at Iowa.
On the season thus far, Baker was batting .269 with four home runs and 20 RBI and had been a member of the Cubs since the 2009 season.