Apr 3, 2015, 9:20 PM EDT
The Dodgers are expected to add some pitching depth with the signing of Scott Baker to a minor league deal.
Jan 30, 2015, 1:04 PM EDT
Baker has struggled to regain his form after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery.
Jan 13, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT
Baker was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Twins, but missed all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery and has struggled to regain his old form.
Dec 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT
Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.
Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.
Sep 29, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT
For a few years there, I saw it as my personal mission to the spread the gospel of Ron Gardenhire.
Aug 25, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT
The Yankees are, in my view anyway, unlikely to make the playoffs. Yet they refuse, Rasputin-like, to die.
Jul 3, 2014, 8:43 PM EDT
As a result of the change, Yu Darvish could now be available to pitch in the upcoming All-Star Game.
Mar 28, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT
Released by the Mariners earlier this week, right-hander Scott Baker has agreed to a new minor-league contract with the Rangers. Texas was in the market for rotation depth with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland all hurting, but Baker was a mess in Mariners camp and missed nearly all of the past two seasons…
Mar 25, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT
Chris Young proved he’s recovered from thoracic outlet surgery this spring by posting a respectable 3.48 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in four Grapefruit League appearances for the Nationals. But there’s no spot for him on Washington’s major league roster and so he was let go in a round of cuts Tuesday in camp. Young did…
Mar 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Seattle Mariners. The Big Question: Robinson Cano and . . . then what? The Mariners certainly made the biggest…
Mar 24, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT
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…
Mar 4, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT
Taijuan Walker was shut down last week after he was diagnosed with inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder, but Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that he’s scheduled to resume throwing Thursday. Walker has been limited for most of the spring, so even if all goes well Thursday, it’s expected that…
Jan 29, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT
Scott Baker, who missed all of 2012 and most of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners. Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cubs last offseason, but experienced multiple setbacks in his recovery and ended up making just three starts in September. Before blowing…
Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT
The Mariners made the biggest news of the off-season, signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract. As beneficial as the signing portends to be, at least in the early going, the consensus was that the Mariners needed to a lot more to improve on last year’s 71-91 record. They were rumored…
Jan 18, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Mariners and Indians are “emerging as favorites” among the 5-7 teams that have expressed serious interest in signing free agent starter Scott Baker. Baker missed the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and made only three starts for the Cubs in 2013,…
Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT
Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…
Dec 8, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT
If you read one thing today, make it this Seattle Times profile of the Mariners’ front office. Geoff Baker, the author of the piece, talked to former M’s manager Eric Wedge, former special assistant Tony Blengino and scouts who are still affiliated with the team. What he found wasn’t pretty. A taste: One of those…
Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…
Sep 20, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT
The Braves busted open a 5-5 game with four runs in the ninth to beat the Cubs 9-5 on Friday and clinch at least a tie in the NL East with the Nationals scheduled to play later tonight. All four runs in the ninth came after Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Kevin Gregg to…
Sep 9, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT
Cubs right-hander Scott Baker was terrible while rehabbing from Tommy John elbow surgery in the minors, posting a 5.46 ERA in eight starts along with reports of mid-80s velocity, yet yesterday in his first MLB start since 2011 he tossed five shutout innings against the Brewers. Baker obviously hasn’t provided the type of return the…
Sep 6, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT
After initially saying they planned to use him as a reliever the Cubs have switched course and will give Scott Baker a start Sunday against the Brewers. It’ll be Baker’s first game action in the majors since 2011, as he missed all of last season and nearly all of this season following Tommy John elbow…
Sep 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT
When the Cubs signed Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract they were hoping he’d return from Tommy John elbow surgery at some point during the first half and resume being a solid mid-rotation starter like he was for years with the Twins. Instead he experienced multiple setbacks in his recovery and is just…
Jul 11, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT
When the Cubs signed right-hander Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract over the winter, they were hoping that he would be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery by the early part of April. It didn’t turn out that way, as he suffered a setback with his elbow during his first Cactus League start…
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- Monday’s White Sox/Orioles game postponed due to ongoing protests and violence in Baltimore 153
- Cardinals confirm Adam Wainwright is done for season with torn Achilles 22
- Source: Josh Hamilton rejected a trade to a National League team because he wanted to go back to Texas 52
- Deal done: Josh Hamilton traded to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations 56
- Pitchers batting is dumb and the DH should be universal 356
- And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights 88
- Alex Rodriguez hits 659th career home run, now one shy of tying Willie Mays 60
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