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Spitball
07-02-2009, 02:04 PM
Rockies trade Baker to CubsComment Email Print Share Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have acquired infielder Jeff Baker from the Colorado Rockies for minor league right-handed pitcher Al Alburquerque and designated infielder Ryan Freel for assignment.

Baker was activated off the Rockies' 60-day disabled list and was to join the Cubs for their Thursday night game at Wrigley Field against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Baker batted .268 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs in 104 games last year for the Rockies and can play several infield positions and the outfield. He's played only 12 games this season because of a sprained left hand that sent him to the disabled list April 29.

Baker is a career .257 hitter over five major league seasons with 22 homers and 88 RBIs.

Alburquerque was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Single-A Daytona this season. Freel, acquired by the Cubs from Baltimore for Joey Gathright on May 8, batted .143 in 14 games with Chicago.

Spitball
07-02-2009, 02:07 PM
I don't know much about the player the Cubs traded, Al Alburquerque, but he has a great name!

Benihana
07-02-2009, 02:08 PM
Further confirmation- what a great trade that was for Walt. Freel has now been virtually released by two teams in two months. Hernandez has been the best catcher we've had in a while.

Tom Servo
07-02-2009, 02:50 PM
My initial thought here was that Dusty was heading back to Chicago.

SirFelixCat
07-02-2009, 03:00 PM
Once again, as Benihana said, what a sick, sick good trade for Walt and the Reds!

RedsBaron
07-02-2009, 03:08 PM
My initial thought here was that Dusty was heading back to Chicago.

Me too.

TRF
07-02-2009, 04:17 PM
My initial HOPE here was that Dusty was heading back to Chicago.

fixing a lot of threads today.

savafan
07-02-2009, 06:28 PM
Hard to believe that Freel isn't at least serviceable to some MLB team as a reserve.

KoryMac5
07-02-2009, 06:38 PM
Further confirmation- what a great trade that was for Walt. Freel has now been virtually released by two teams in two months. Hernandez has been the best catcher we've had in a while.

Unfortunately Hernandez is the second best catcher on the team.

savafan
07-02-2009, 06:43 PM
Unfortunately Hernandez is the second best catcher on the team.

I think so too, but we probably won't get a chance to find out for certain.

Unless there is a plan to move Hernandez before the trade deadline for prospects, then it would make the acquisition of Corky Miller make at least some sense.

Hap
07-02-2009, 08:47 PM
How much worse could he be than WillyMo Taveras?

Ron Madden
07-03-2009, 04:25 AM
How much worse could he be than WillyMo Taveras?

WillyMo, Taveras and Freel.

Like getting three wishes from a Genie in a bottle and whiffing on all three.

GAC
07-03-2009, 08:40 AM
Wanna bet we sign Freel to a minor league deal? Just to possibly help out there. ;)