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Atlanta Braves Acquire Jeff Baker from Detroit Tigers

August 31st, 2012 at 11:21 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves acquired utility player Jeff Baker from the Detroit Tigers on Friday, reports.

The 31-year-old Baker was designated for assignment Friday, prompting general manager Frank Wren to call Dave Dombrowski a call and secure an upgrade in right-handed hitting, a plus since Baker is a career .298 hitter against lefties.

"Obviously we're a left-handed-hitting dominant team and one of things we've been trying to do is get a little more balance and get another right-handed bat," Wren said.

Though Baker's average is .254 with four homers this year, the Tigers had acquired him on Aug. 2 from the Chicago Cubs. After the trade, the eight-year veteran only hit 7-for-35, leading Detroit to make the move.

"Jeff had primarily been [an] NL guy his whole career and going to the American League, he didn't have the same success," Wren said. "That was also part of our thinking, getting him back here to this league where he's experienced with these pitchers and these parks."

Baker has experience at first base, second base, third base and both corner outfield spots. Most of his career experience is at second base, but he has seen most of his action this year in right field.

The Braves will send a player to be named or cash considerations to the Tigers to complete the deal.

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