Expect the Cubs to announce today they've acquired infielder Jeff Baker from the Colorado Rockies. Details should be forthcoming, but also look for the Cubs to designate infielder-outfielder Ryan Freel for assignment, effectively ending his short stay with the Cubs.
Baker, 27, has been on the 60-day DL since early May with a left-hand injury, and he'll have to take a physical as early as today with the Cubs. This year, he was 3-for-23 in 12 games. For his career, Baker has a batting average of .257, an OBP of .313, a slugging percentage of .458 and an OPS of .771.
The Rockies took the right-handed hitting Baker in the fourth round of the 2002 draft.
In 2007, Baker played in 144 games with the Rockies, batting .222 with an OBP of .296 and 4 homers.
He is a native of Bad Kissingen of the onetime West Germany.
More to come online today and in the paper tomorrow.