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Mariners release right-hander Scott Baker

Mar 24, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Mariners granted Scott Baker his release today. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that he asked for his release after declining an assignment to Triple-A.

Signed to a minor league deal over the winter, Baker appeared to have a rotation spot to lose after Hisashi Iwakuma went down with a finger injury and Taijuan Walker fell behind due to a sore shoulder, but he pitched himself out of consideration with an awful spring. The 32-year-old allowed 12 runs (nine earned) in just 12 Cactus League innings. He struck out just one batter and allowed 16 hits and seven walks. He also hit three batters in a row in one of his starts. Put it all together and you have a ghastly 1.92 WHIP.

Baker has three major league starts to his name since 2011, but he shouldn’t be long before he gets an opportunity elsewhere. As for the Mariners, they will now likely go into the season with a rotation of Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez, Randy Wolf, and Roenis Elias.

  1. georgewashingtonsghost - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Breaking: Braves sign Scott Baker.

  2. jsally430 - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Way to leave Minnesota thinking you were better than us. Karmas a bitvch

    • Tim OShenko - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Twins pretty much let him walk. They were smart to, too, since his best years are behind him, and he was rehabbing from TJ surgery at the time. I wish him well, though it looks like his Major League career is over.

      • undeadjesus - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        It says a lot about the current state of the Twins pitching when we can look back fondly at the days of Pavano, Baker, and Liriano. You know, back when they actually had a MLB caliber roster, not this AAAA crap they’ve trotted out there for the past three years.

        I wouldn’t say his career is over, he’s only 32. Signing with the Braves or another NL team would probably be his best option at this point.

  3. meatcarroll - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  4. jsally430 - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Until you look at the two years of replacements they had for him…..

  5. straightouttavtown - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey. The Twins system always churn out the same type of mediocre flyball pitchers whose only asset is punching the strikezone with their mediocre stuff.

    • Bryz - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Uh… Baker was actually a perfectly average to above-average pitcher who fell out of favor with fans because he was homer-prone and couldn’t pitch deep into games. It was somewhat the same story with Slowey. Meanwhile, Blackburn got a good number of ground balls, but was easily the worst pitcher of these three. Lumping these two guys in with Blackburn is an insult to Baker and Slowey.

      • straightouttavtown - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        You need to check your stats. Blackburn’s stats in the first 4 seasons weren’t any different from Baker’s and Slowey’s. Plus the Twins also had Carl Pavano in the rotation at the time. They probably had both the lowest K/9 and walk rate out of any team in baseball. A weird way to build a pitching staff for sure. You owe Blackburn an apology.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Lol? Baker has a career 102 ERA+ and 16.2 WAR over 973 innings. Blackburn has a career 86 ERA+ and 3.2 WAR over 818.2 innings. Slowey has a career 90 ERA+ and 5.2 WAR over 624.2 innings.

      • straightouttavtown - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        I’m not talking career. Blackburn got lit up after his first 4 years so his overall stats stink. But they all came up around the same time and in the first 4 seasons there weren’t a whole lot of difference. They ate innings, didn’t strike out anyone, walk even less.

    • undeadjesus - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Blackburn was a flyball pitcher, eh?

  6. jsally430 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Liriano loshe garza all came up with the twins tardfarm

  7. happytwinsfan - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    well i guess his big league career might be done. the start i’ll remember will be the one right after his first born kid. it was his first start after the usual PR milking parental leave thing or the other.

    he pitched a one or three hit shut out. i forget the details. in the after game interview you could see the faith pouring out of his face and words. a new born daddy true blue to the bone. thanks for the memory Shut Down Scotty Baker.

  8. jsally430 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    He all ways had one of the best nicknames “Scott baker the backward k maker”

  9. mnwildfan15 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Moon Shot Scott was better.

  10. byjiminy - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Scott Baker was a good pitcher. He did have excellent control, with a K/BB ratio of but 3.6 and a BB/9 rate of 2.4, but he had — still has — a lifetime K/9 rate of 7.2. He is not the protypical Twins pitch-to-contact soft tosser. That is a fair critique of Twins pitchers in general, but not of him.

    The fact that he had a terrible spring could simply mean he is not fully recovered from his injury, or has not fully regained his form yet, which would be no great surprise since he hasn’t pitched since 2011. I have no idea whether he has lingering health problems, but unless he does, I don’t see why he wouldn’t become a respectable pitcher again. He’s only 32.

    I wish him luck, and hope he joins a winning team soon, preferably one with a large outfield.

    BTW his nicknames on Twins blogs included Light Rail (i.e., the modest, midwestern version of the Big Train, Walter Johnson), and Timmy (because he looks like he’s 8 years old, and his real first name is Timothy).

    Good luck, Timmy. We miss you.

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