Braves pick up Jeff Baker from Tigers for PTBN

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The Braves have acquired Baker from the Tigers for a player to be named. Since the move is becoming official tonight, he’ll be eligible for the team’s postseason roster. Baker has hit .254/.293/.408 with four homers and 24 RBI in 169 at-bats for the Cubs and Tigers this season. He’ll provided a little right-handed pop off an Atlanta bench that is short of it.

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Less than a month after acquiring Jeff Baker from the Cubs the Tigers have designated the veteran role player for assignment.

Detroit sent a pair of players to be named later to Chicago for Baker on August 5, hoping he could provide some corner outfield/third base depth and solid production versus left-handed pitching.

Instead he got all of 37 plate appearances, went 7-for-35 (.200) with zero homers, and is now off the 40-man roster in favor of Double-A call-up Avisail Garcia.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.