Shortly after the Cubs announced the promotion of Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, the North Siders traded Jeff Baker and optioned Tony Campana to Triple-A Iowa. Baker is being sent to the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named later.
Baker batted .269 with 10 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games for the Cubs throughout the 2011-12 campaign. The Cubs acquired Baker from the Rockies back in July of 2009, and he had since batted .280 overall with 50 doubles, 15 home runs and 85 RBI in 283 games over his last four seasons in Chicago.
Campana has recorded a .259 average with the Cubs this season, including 41 hits and 21 runs, with a total of 5 RBI. Throughout his time on the North Side, he remained a threat to opposing teams with his whopping 26 stolen bases in 70 games played.
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