The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Sunday’s finale in Los Angeles. The Cubs traded Jeff Baker to the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named later. According to the release from the Tigers, the Cubs will receive those players on or before October 31.
The Cubs recalled Josh Vitters from Triple-A Iowa and purchased the contract of Brett Jackson from the Iowa Cubs. Jackson was added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster and called-up. To make room on the active roster for Brett Jackson, the Cubs optioned Tony Campana to Triple-A Iowa. Brett Jackson was in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Dodgers and is expected to receive a lot of playing time over the last two months of the season. Josh Vitters was not in the starting lineup but is expected to start Monday’s opener in San Diego.
Tony Campana figures to play every day for the Iowa Cubs over the final month of the minor league season. Campana will be back up by the time the rosters expand in September.
Jeff Baker was acquired from the Rockies in 2009 for RHP Al Alburquerque. Baker will help the Tigers down the stretch this season. The Cubs avoided arbitration with Jeff Baker last winter by agreeing to a one-year, $1.375 million contract. Baker will become a free agent at the end of the season.
With the subtraction of Jeff Baker and the addition of Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 39 players.
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