The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Scott Baker have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.
Baker, 31, joins the Cubs after pitching all or part of seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2005-11), the club that originally drafted him in the second round of the 2003 Draft. The righthander is 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA (442 ER/958.0 IP) in 163 appearances, all but four as a starter, and reached 28 or more starts in three-straight campaigns (2008-10). Baker has struck out 770 batters while walking only 224 in 958.0 innings, an average of only 2.1 walks per nine innings.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Baker averaged 13 wins and 30 starts with a 4.11 ERA during three seasons between 2008-10, earning the Opening Day start for the Twins in 2010. He was limited to only 23 appearances (21 starts) in the 2011 campaign due to a right elbow injury that eventually required Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on April 17, forcing Baker to miss the 2012 campaign.
In his most recent season,...