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Twins decline $9.25 million option on Scott Baker

Oct 29, 2012, 3:23 PM EST

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Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have declined their $9.25 million option on Scott Baker, making him a free agent after the 31-year-old right-hander missed the entire season following Tommy John surgery.

The move was expected, but the two sides have reportedly been negotiating a new deal that could keep Baker in Minnesota for a lesser salary. They have until Friday at midnight to work something out before Baker hits the open market.

When healthy Baker has consistently been a solid mid-rotation starter with excellent strikeout-to-walk ratios, but even before elbow surgery he lacked durability. Given the Twins’ wide open starting rotation an incentive-laden one-year contract, perhaps with an option for 2014, could make sense for both sides.

  1. azvikefan - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    They need to get rid of every pitcher except Scott Diamond anyway.

    • Kleinz 57 - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Pretty sure ‘changing draft philosophy’ and ‘removing medical personnel’ is what you wanted there.

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