Aug 14, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Jurickson Profar (13) high fives Texas Rangers pitch hitter Jeff Baker (15) after he scores the go ahead run in the seventh inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers designate Jeff Baker for assignment, activate Matt West

The Texas Rangers have announced that they have designated former Chicago Cubs utility player Jeff Baker for assignment.

Baker was dealt to the Detroit Tigers back in August of 2012 for right handed pitcher Marcelo Carreno but later landed with the Atlanta Braves, eventually the Texas Rangers this season.

He posted a .279/.360/.545 batting line and 11 home runs with 21 RBI’s through 154 at bats with the Texas Rangers this season. Baker was designated for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40 man roster.

The 32 year old utility player shouldn’t have that much trouble finding a new team to play for next season. I would like to see him end up with Chicago again, but that may not happen.

Taking his spot on the 40 man roster for the Rangers is right handed pitcher Matt West. West has been activated from the 60 day disabled list and didn’t pitch at all this season as he was in rehab from Tommy John surgery.

The 23 year old will attempt to get his career back on track next season.


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