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Want Jeff Baker? Don’t even think about it.

Jul 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

Jeff Baker

What does a .279 career batting average and .769 OPS make you? Untouchable. At least according to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

Sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of that the Cubs have no plans to deal utility man Jeff Baker to a contender.

The Red Sox and Indians are among the teams that have reportedly shown interest in the 30-year-old, but the Cubs envision him as a member of their team next season.

The versatile Baker is batting .304/.324/.442 with two homers and 18 RBI over 139 plate appearances this season, including a .375 batting average (27-for-72) and .920 OPS against left-handed pitching. He is earning $1.175 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

  1. willcoop - Jul 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Are you kidding. Hendry won’t be here next year. What purpose is Baker serving right now, along with Hop a long Soriano, Alligator Arm Ramirez, Mental Zambrano, Geovany Bluto, Dumpster, Hot start slow finish Fukodome, Cant retire the side Marmol, Nit wit DeWitt and the entire insane clown posse coaching staff. Now we are holding on to them for what? Please don’t tell me this team can contend or I’m gonna throw up in my mouth. This is the worse team in MLB, and it’s not getting better with the same players doing the same keystone cops routine on a daily basis. Why not offload some of this dirty laundry and start taking advantage of the fruits of labor from the other teams. Get a ton of prospects and build around them. This team has more dead weight than Davy Jones locker, with no expectations being heaped upon them because they have a nutty professor for an owner, a nit wit for a GM and a manager who couldn’t find his way out of a shit house if the door was in front of him. I guess by now everyone is thinking I’m off the deep end. Just maybe, but I’m tired of this lowly team always trying to be secretive and playing it close to the vest, claiming, “we are not trading anyone at this time”. Why the hell not? Personally there are maybe 4 to 5 guys I would keep and the rest of them see if you can trade em and get a bunch of practice balls if nothing else. Whew, ok I’m done. Please just don’t tell me you won’t think about trading Baker.

  2. willcoop - Jul 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Ok, I lied, I’m not done. We had the chance to get Mark Cuban as an owner and instead we got Jerry Lewis and Don Knotts running the show. What is this owner doing to make this team better? Will somebody, anybody explain this to me. We finally got rid of Uncle Lou and put Mr. Clean in the seat and he has shown that he can piss down his leg with the best of them. Somewhere Herman Franks is turning over in his grave. We stunted Tyler Colvin to keep Fukodome and Soriano in the outfield. Sorianos money is guaranteed and you can’t get rid of him, make him a platoon player and let the kid play. They have 4 to 5 kids in the minors that can come up and get some valuable experience right now, but nope we keep running the same horse crap out there. Isn’t the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? For over 100 we have all been insane!

  3. mrwilkie - Jul 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    your nicknames are just plain awful

  4. willcoop - Jul 16, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Yeah Wilkie, that may be so, but the names fit and the team is awful, would you agree?

  5. jwbiii - Jul 17, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    Because the Cubs really need to build around a 30 year old utility infielder. Right.

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