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Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 210 lb. Born: June 21, 1981 in Bad Kissingen, W.Germany
High School: Gar-Field (Woodbridge, VA)
School: Clemson University Contract Status: Signed thru 2011, 1 yr/$1.18M (11)
Baker was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 4th Round of the 2002 MLB Draft. He spent the 2003 season with Class-A Asheville of the South Atlantic League, hitting .289 with 11 homers and 44 RBI. He split the 2004 season between Class-A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Tulsa. Baker spent most of 2005-2006 with Triple-A Colorado Springs, but did make his Major League debut with the Rockies on April 4, 2005, homering in his first game. He filled a utility role in Colorado from 2007-2009 with his best season coming in 2008, when he posted a .268/.322/.468 line with 12 homers and 48 RBI in 104 games. Baker also posted a 0.5 WAR rating. On July 2, 2009, he was traded to the Cubs for Minor League RP Al Alburquerque, who made his ML debut with the Detroit Tigers at the beginning of the 2011 season. Baker shined for the Cubs for the remainder of the 2009 year, posting a 1.7 WAR in just 64 games. He posted a.272./326/.413 line in 2010 in a part-time role. He followed that season with a mediocre 2011. His batting line dipped to .269/.302/.383/.685 in 81 games. However, even in a down year overall, Baker continued to hit left-handed pitching very well. His OPS against lefties in 2011 was .812, more than 300 points higher than his OPS against righties. He gives the Cubs a nice platoon option in 2012, while covering a handful of different positions.