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Twins have competition for Scott Baker from Red Sox, Rangers, Cubs, Blue Jays

Nov 2, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

Scott Baker AP

Minnesota declined its $9.25 million option on Scott Baker amid reports that the two sides were working on a new deal for a lesser salary, but the Twins have some competition for the 31-year-old right-hander coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Jon Morosi of reports that the Red Sox, Cubs, Blue Jays, and Rangers have all expressed interest in Baker, who threw 135 innings with a 3.14 ERA in 2011 and has consistently been among the leaders in strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Declining his $9.25 million option was a no-brainer for the Twins, but he’s been a solid enough mid-rotation starter in the past that a multi-year deal–probably built around incentives–could be attainable.

  1. illogic87 - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Honestly, Terry Ryan needs to go…so sick of this nonsense

    • kopy - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      So you must either feel that the Twins should have picked up his option, or that they shouldn’t be negotiating with him. Which one is it? Either way, you’re wrong.

    • Bryz - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Good luck with getting Zack Greinke once you get your new Twins GM in place.

  2. migoli - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    What Terry Ryan “nonsense” are you talking about here?

  3. jsally430 - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    wouldn’t be surprised if he left after terry Ryan publicly called out baker to be tougher only to find out a few days later he needs tommy john. blame Ryan of he leaves

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