|Trade Deadline: Cubs won’t deal Jeff Baker||07.16.11 at 1:34 pm ET|
Cubs utility man Jeff Baker can hit, play multiple positions and is affordable at just $1.75 million this season. That sounds like the perfect trade deadline pickup for a contending team looking to add a bat for the stretch run. The only problem is that he’s not available, according to a Fox Sports report.
Ken Rosenthal notes the Red Sox and Indians were among the teams that were interested in the 30-year-old Baker. Peter Gammons also raised the possibility on WEEI.
Indeed, the right-handed hitting Baker would be an affordable, yet experienced hitter to compliment the lefty-heavy Sox’ lineup. Baker has hammered left-handed pitching to the tune of .318/.367/.543 during his career and he is batting .375 with two home runs in 72 at bats this season. It could be posturing on the Cubs part, but Baker is still a year away from becoming arbitration eligible and Rosenthal notes that Cubs GM Jim Hendry sees him as part of next year’s club.
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