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Cubs sign rehabbing Scott Baker to one-year deal

Nov 13, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

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Scott Baker‘s comeback from Tommy John surgery will take place in Chicago, as the Cubs announced that they’ve signed the rehabbing right-hander to a one-year deal. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the contract is worth $5.5 million in guaranteed money, with another $1.5 million in potential incentives.

Baker has spent his entire career with the Twins after being a second-round pick in 2003, emerging as a solid mid-rotation starter with excellent strikeout-to-walk ratios and questionable durability. He missed all of this year following elbow surgery and is no sure thing to be ready for Opening Day, but if healthy he should provide good value.

Baker had a 3.14 ERA and 123/32 K/BB ratio in 135 innings in 2011, giving him a 3.98 ERA in 134 starts since joining the Twins’ rotation full time in 2007.

  1. J.J. Bugs - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    If I owned a restaurant around Wrigley, I’d be reinforcing my windows right now

  2. chuckleberry1974 - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    This is exactly the kind of deal they said they’d be looking at. If he starts out well and shows he’s healthy, he’ll be flipped in last week of July. If not, the money wasn’t too bad.

  3. rjmcc2 - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    useless for the tigers

  4. mikeincmn - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Good deal the Twins are backing up all their talk of improving their rotation

    • Cris E - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Way to take the long view.

      I think they might have been taking that signing for granted a little and not thinking in term of $5.5m plus incentives. And honestly I think that’s probably OK. I think Baker can probably be a decent pitcher by the end of the year, but there’s a good chance he’s going to have some rough patches where you’ll want to treat him like a #5 and skip him. The Twins already have that guy penciled in in two or three other spots, so I kind of understand them not wanting to write a real check for half a spot. It would have been a nice story, but Baker is probably not going to be the solid 160-180 inning guy they need.

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