Jun 6, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Jeff Baker (15) rounds third base after hitting a home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester (31) during the second inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers' Jeff Baker elects free agency

Former Chicago Cub now Texas Ranger, Jeff Baker has decided to test the free agent market after being designated for assignment by the Rangers a little over a month ago.

Baker was removed from the 40 man roster in order to make some room for right handed relief pitcher Matt West who was activated from the 60-day disabled list.

Jeff had a very good season as he hit .279/.360/.545 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI’s. It’s the best season he has had since the 2008 season where he hit .268/.322/.468 with a career high 12 home runs and 48 RBI’s with the Colorado Rockies.

With Alex Rodriguez in the dilemma he got himself in, the Yankees will be searching for a replacement at third base and could very well land Baker this Winter. I figured the Yankees would attempt to trade for Chase Headley, but this would definitely be the cheaper route.

Not only can Baker handle the hot corner, but he can also play first base and outfield.

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