Earlier today the Cubs and RHP Scott Baker agreed to a one year contract with a base salary of $5.5 million and incentives that could reach another $1.5 million. The 31-year starting pitcher did not pitch at all last season due to Tommy-John surgery. Baker, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Twins has a 63-48 record with a 4.15 ERA. In 2011 Baker was having a nice season before suffering elbow problems, posting a 3.14 ERA in only 23 games pitched, 21 of which he started.
This is exactly the type of pitcher and the type of deal the Cubs are looking at right now. The Cubs are obviously hoping Baker can come back strong from surgery and if he does he could at the very least be flipped come trade deadline. If he doesn’t come back as strong as hoped it won’t cost the Cubs much money wise or length of contract wise. The Cubs will still look for at least one more starting pitcher this off-season, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they still go after two. All in all I think this a pretty solid deal for the Cubs.
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