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Scott Baker expected to join Cubs rotation in mid-April

Feb 23, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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Gordon Wittenmyer, who serves as a beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, explains this situation:

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he anticipates right-hander Scott Baker getting his first spring start sometime in the middle of March, then opening the season on the disabled list and – barring setback – making his Cubs debut sometime in mid-April.

Baker underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on April 17 of last season, so he’ll be a full 12 months removed from the procedure when he first takes the mound for Chicago.

The 31-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, $5.5 million free agent contract with the Cubs in November and could become trade bait around this year’s July 31 deadline if he can get back on track quickly.

Baker had a 3.14 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 123/32 K/BB ratio in 134 2/3 innings with the Twins in 2011.

  1. sknut - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    still dont know why Twins didn’t make more of an effort to resign Baker. Good luck in the Windy City.

    • baseballisboring - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:02 AM

      Seems odd, considering what he signed for in Chicago. The Twins are rebuilding just like the Cubs are, except they’re even further behind. Why wouldn’t you take that $5.5MM gamble and see if he could put together a good first half and net you a prospect? Then again…maybe Baker just didn’t wanna play for the Twins…

      • Bryz - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Reportedly the Twins wanted to give him a team option for 2014 and he said no.

  2. baseballisboring - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    I’m a Red Sox fan who still loves Theo Epstein (not to mention Jed Hoyer was working there before SD) so I’ve been rooting for the Cubs since they took over. With adding Jackson, Baker, Villanueva, Wood and Feldman, in addition to having Garza and Samardzija, they’ve really done a great job of piecing together a cheap, flexible rotation. It seems obvious that Garza gets traded this summer, and if Baker reverts to 2011 form (?) he could definitely net a nice prospect at the deadline. Not serious contenders yet, but this Cubs turnaround might be happening faster than a lot of people thought.

    • tone360 - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      I wish I agreed with you on the second part of your last sentence. I think we are 7 years from being back in the playoffs.

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