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    Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    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.
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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    I don't know much about the player the Cubs traded, Al Alburquerque, but he has a great name!
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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    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.
    Go BLUE!!!

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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    My initial thought here was that Dusty was heading back to Chicago.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    Once again, as Benihana said, what a sick, sick good trade for Walt and the Reds!

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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    My initial thought here was that Dusty was heading back to Chicago.
    Me too.
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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    My initial HOPE here was that Dusty was heading back to Chicago.
    fixing a lot of threads today.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    Hard to believe that Freel isn't at least serviceable to some MLB team as a reserve.
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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    Quote Originally Posted by Benihana View Post
    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.
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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    Quote Originally Posted by KoryMac5 View Post
    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.
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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    How much worse could he be than WillyMo Taveras?
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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    Quote Originally Posted by Hap View Post
    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.

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    Re: Cubs get Baker...Freel released

    Wanna bet we sign Freel to a minor league deal? Just to possibly help out there.
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