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Marlins sign Jeff Baker to two-year contract

Feb 4, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

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Jeff Baker has agreed to a two-year, $3.7 million deal with the Marlins, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Baker is coming off a very productive season as a part-timer for the Rangers and has experience all over the field defensively, but a two-year contract is surprising for a 33-year-old who’s bounced around a ton and generally been available pretty cheaply.

Baker has played for six different teams in the past five seasons and failed to crack a .700 OPS in 2011 and 2012 before hitting .279 with 11 homers and a .905 OPS in 175 plate appearances for the Rangers last year.

  1. chip56 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    So he’ll be with the Marlins for what? A month or two before they deal him?

  2. Ben Cerow - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Jeff Baker was put on this earth for one reason: To rake against lefties.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Wow.

    Opening up the checkbook.

    The Marlins must need some stadium upgrades or something.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Well, that should force the Feesh to add another couple of turnstiles this season. At least they finally have someone to bat ninth in the eighth and give their leadoff hitters a little protection in the order.

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