Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/6/12

The total makeover of the Chicago Cubs continued Sunday.

After much speculation and anticipation, the Cubs selected the contract of center fielder Brett Jackson from Iowa and recalled third baseman Josh Vitters from the Class AAA club. They also traded infielder/outfielder Jeff Baker to the Tigers for two players to be named. Outfielder Tony Campana was optioned to Iowa.

Jackson and Vitters are two of the Cubs' top prospects and both were first-round draft picks, Jackson in 2009 and Vitters in 2007. Jackson, 24, was in Sunday's starting lineup in the Cubs' 7-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he will play 80-90 percent of the time, according to manager Dale Sveum. The Cubs will be more selective with Vitters, who turns 23 on Aug. 27.

The Cubs front office, led by president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, was able to package the Jackson and Vitters call-ups with a waiver trade of Baker.

"We've been talking about bringing these two guys up for a while," Hoyer said, "and we felt like the right thing to do wasn't to do it immediately after the (July 31 non-waiver) deadline, but to see how the waiver period shook out. We'd had some dialogue with Detroit before the deadline, and they had interest in (Baker) and put a claim on him in.

"We're happy for Jeff. They wanted him a lot, and he gets to go into a pennant race. And for us, we get a chance to bring up Josh and give him a chance that he's earned."

At Iowa, Jackson had a hitting line of .256/.338/.479 with 22 doubles, 12 triples, 47 RBI, 47 walks and 158 strikeouts in 407 at-bats. Vitters batted .304/.356/.513 with 17 homers, 68 RBI, 30 walks and 77 strikeouts in 415 at-bats.

The big red flag with Jackson is the strikeout total, but the Cubs are apparently willing to live with it.

"His OPS (.817) despite the strikeouts is incredible," said manager Dale Sveum, a hitting coach by trade. "We decided to evaluate him here, get his development in the big leagues and see what happens."

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