Well this certainly came out of nowhere.
The Chicago Cubs have acquired Jeff Baker(notes) from the Colorado Rockies, according to a source close to the club.
It is unclear who the Rockies will receive in return for Baker or the Cubs’ plans for him.
Baker, an infielder, went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 27 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 24. He began a minor league rehab assignment June 19. Yahoo! Sports.
Baker is 28, and put up a .791 OPS (a very slugging-heavy .791 – his OBP was just .322) last year, his first full year in the bigs. He plays second base and third, thus make a trade for him about two months too late. Kidding, of course, given that he’s been on the disabled list.
Presumably Baker would be added for a little depth, and maybe allowing Mike Fontenot to start against righties only once Aramis Ramirez comes back. I know, Aaron Miles already gave the Cubs that ability, but he’s not good at baseball.
No word on whom the Cubs are giving up at this point. In fact, no other confirmation of a deal at all at this point. So it still may not happen. We’ll call this a “rumor” for now.