Baker, who is 31, hit .269/.306/.448 with four home runs and 20 RBIs with the Cubs this season. Baker has a .275 average against left handed pitching this year, and is a career .304 hitter against left handers. The Tigers were looking for another right handed bat that hits lefties, and Baker would fit the bill.
Baker could also act as Ryan Raburn’s replacement. Raburn, who has had trouble hitting anything this year, just went on the 15-day DL for a thumb injury. Raburn could very well be the player who gets cut once he’s off the DL to make room for Baker on the Tigers’ roster.
The two players to be named later will be named no later than October 1st. The two players will probably be low prospects, and if Baker really helps the Tigers woes against left handed pitching, this could be a great, yet very quiet move.
Baker has played, first, second, right field, and left field this year. So along with a decent bat he a brings good glove that makes all the routine plays you expect.
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