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Twins “working on new deal” with Scott Baker

Oct 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Two months ago Scott Baker said he’d like to remain in Minnesota after missing this season following Tommy John elbow surgery and yesterday during a radio interview with 1500-ESPN general manager Terry Ryan made it clear that the Twins are interested in keeping him around.

Baker has a $9 million option for 2013 that’s certain to be declined, making the 31-year-old right-hander a free agent, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the two sides are “working now on a new deal” and talked to a team source who says re-signing Baker is a “high priority.”

An incentive-laden one-year deal would make sense given that Baker is no sure thing to be ready by Opening Day and the Twins are basically rebuilding their entire rotation. When healthy he’s been a solid mid-rotation starter, posting a 3.98 ERA in 821 innings since 2007 while consistently ranking among the league leaders in strikeout-to-walk ratio, but even before the surgery his durability was often in question.

  1. meadowlark89 - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Diamond is the only sure bet to be in the rotation next season.

  2. pmcenroe - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I would have to assume some sort of option would be included right? I mean the Twins have been pretty bad and are basically piecing their rotation together for 2013. What’s the upside of a 1-year deal if he’s just going to pitch for 3-4 months and its basically like 2011 version of Joe Nathan?

  3. azvikefan - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Wow. Two Twins stories today. Thanks Gleeman.

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