DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 26: Jeff Baker #18 of the Detroit Tigers throws to first base from his knees on the ground ball from Mike Trout #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning of the game at Comerica Park on August 26, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The Detroit Tigers had 10 full days to trade, release or outright Jeff Baker after the team designated the veteran for assignment, but they didn't even need one. The team has announced Baker has been dealt to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later on or before 9/30/12.
The— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 1, 2012
#Tigers have traded Jeff Baker to Atlanta for a player to be named later, on or before 9/30/12.
For the Braves, Baker gives the team another option to use with rosters expanding to each team's respective 40-man roster tomorrow. If Dan Uggla continues to struggle, manager Fredi Gonzalez could use Baker to spot him at second base. The team released infielder Jack Wilson earlier today, who was able to play either middle infield position. While we don't know who is going to Detroit, I'd be surprised if it was anything but an organization player.
On the other hand, the Tigers get something -- even if it may not be much -- for a player they would have lost regardless.