Baez is a 25-year-old native of Dorado, Puerto Rico. He is in his sixth season of professional baseball. He was selected as a non-drafted free agent by the Baltimore Orioles in 2001, and was signed as a minor league free agent by the Cubs in April 2002. Baez will be joining the Smokies from the AAA Iowa Cubs.
Fuld is a 25-year-old native of Durham, NH. He is in his third season of professional baseball. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2004 draft. He was selected as a Florida State League midseason All-Star during the 2006 season while with the Daytona Cubs. Fuld will be joining the Smokies from extended spring training.
The Smokies have sent LHP Carmen Pignatiello to the Iowa Cubs (AAA) as part of this roster move. INF Matt Craig has been place on the DL beginning on 4/21/07 as well.
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Addendum: Infielder Mike Kinkade was activated by the Iowa Cubs from the disabled list Friday. Kinkade had been rehabbing in Arizona after having his hand broken by a pitch in spring training. To make room for Kinkade, the Cubs placed catcher Mike Mahoney back on the disabled list. Right-hander Angel Guzman was previously optioned to Iowa to coincide with Felix Pie's promotion to Chicago. To make room for Guzman, the Cubs released reliever Hector Almonte on Friday. (Source: Iowa Cubs Media Relations.)