August 26, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeff Baker (18) at bat against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Jeff Baker didn’t spend much time as a Detroit Tiger. The team acquired him from the Chicago Cubs on August 5 only to deal him to the Atlanta Braves less than four weeks later.
Jim Leyland managed to find Baker 35 at bats over that time but Baker struck out (10 times) more than he was able to get on base (9 times). Simply put, it was a failed experiment but shipping Baker to Atlanta allowed the Tigers to minimize their losses. The Tigers sent two players to be named later to the Cubs (still yet to be named) and received one back from the Braves.
Ross, a right-hander, was originally a 2011 draft pick (18th round) of the Braves from Frostburg State University. He has mostly worked as as starting pitcher and has a 14-13 record with a 4.39 ERA and 1.417 WHIP through two minor league seasons at the rookie and A-ball levels.
Ross adds little more than organizational depth at this point but with two similar players eventually heading to the Cubs, he will fill a role.