Rockies trade Baker to Cubs

Updated: July 2, 2009, 1:42 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have acquired infielder Jeff Baker from the Colorado Rockies for minor league right-handed pitcher Al Alburquerque and designated infielder Ryan Freel for assignment.

Baker was activated off the Rockies' 60-day disabled list and was to join the Cubs for their Thursday night game at Wrigley Field against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Baker batted .268 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs in 104 games last year for the Rockies and can play several infield positions and the outfield. He's played only 12 games this season because of a sprained left hand that sent him to the disabled list April 29.

Baker is a career .257 hitter over five major league seasons with 22 homers and 88 RBIs.

Alburquerque was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Single-A Daytona this season. Freel, acquired by the Cubs from Baltimore for Joey Gathright on May 8, batted .143 in 14 games with Chicago.


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