From the Wire … Baker Traded to Tigers, Jackson and Vitters Called Up and Campana Optioned to Iowa

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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  • paulcatanese

    While happy to see Vitters and Jackson called up ironicly I am also happy to see Campana sent to Iowa.
    As he was being used he did no good for the team, and certainly no good for himself, plain and simple he needs to play everyday
    or he will never move forward and he dosent have that afforded to him up with the Cubs. Good luck to him in Iowa, enjoyed him while he was up with the Cubs.

  • J Daniel

    May help him catch on with another team because he does not have a future here. Not sure why he did not get more of a chance because he can impact with his speed.

  • gocubs

    He got plenty of chances. He has a hard time getting on base, so it severely limits his opportunities to use his speed thus minimizing his value. Also, defensively he is not very good – he is fast in OF, so he can get to a lot of balls, but he has a bad arm – so really his only use to the team is as a pinch runner.