Found November 13, 2012 on
The Rhino and Compass:
There was one surefire, slam dunk move that the Twins were going to make this offseason. To bolster the pitching rotation in 2013. they were going to re-sign Scott Baker, the injured pitcher that missed the 2012 season because of the patented Minnesota Twins surprise Tommy John surgery™, to a team friendly, incentive laden deal and have him and his rebuilt arm strengthen the rotation.
Well, so much for that. Baker signed with the Cubs on a 1 year, 5.5 million dollar deal that clearly blew the Twins out of the water.This certainly makes things more difficult for the Twins, and likely means some serious Deduno time next season in Minneapolis.
The picture is now painted for the Twins. If they want to add free agents, they will have to over pay. The one player that they could have hoped would have given them a discount was the home town player. I find it hard to believe that, if Baker is getting 5.5 million next year, Shaun Marcum or Joe Blanton would prove to be much more affordable, or willing to take less money to come to Minnesota. In fact, I bet it would take more money than what the market has to offer to convince a player to come to Minnesota of their own volition. Players give discounts for their current organization, or to teams that are close to winning. The Twins can”t offer that, either.
Now, it comes down to trades if the Twins want to find an affordable way to supplement their pitching attack. The relied upon signing of Baker isn’t happening, which means the Twins have another hole to fill. They will likely have to either trade another bat or keep Sam Deduno in the rotation. If the Twins feel like their offense is playoff caliber, I can’t imagine them gutting it too much more than they already intend to. Sure, the Twins will add one pitcher via trade, but probably not two. I can’t imagine them breaking the bank for a free agent starter either. Unfortunately, it seems like that’s what it will take.
The market has been set, and it is tilted away from Minnesota.
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Name: Scott Baker Position: Starting Pitcher Role: Pretty much slotted in as #3 starter for the moment Bats/Throws: Right/Right Opening Day Age: 31 Uniform Number: He's only ever worn #30 for the Twins, but Travis Wood owns that one right now. What was his best game in the Majors? His best game probably came [...]
MINNEAPOLIS Former Twins right-hander Scott Baker sign a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.
Baker became a free agent this offseason after Minnesota declined his 9.25 million club option for the 2013 season. While Baker expressed interested at the end of the 2012 season in possibly staying with the Twins, the two sides decided to part ways.
The 31-year-old Baker...
Free agent starting pitcher Scott Baker has signed a one year deal with the Chicago Cubs. Baker will make $5.5 million in 2013, plus incentives. Baker had spent his entire career with the Twins, missing all of 2012 after Tommy John surgery. Minnesota declined a $9.25 million club option on Baker for 2013, but looked to bring him back at a lower salary.
Baker is the exact type...
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...
Despite missing all of 2012 due to injury, the Chicago Cubs have signed Scott Baker to a one-year deal. The Cubs will try to use Baker to round out their starting rotation.
According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, Baker will make a base salary of $5.5 million. He also has incentives written into his contract worth up to an additional $1.5 million. Incentive-laced contracts...
Scott Baker wants to establish that he can still be an effective pitcher after having elbow surgery, and he'll get his chance with the Chicago Cubs.
The 31-year-old righty agreed Tuesday to a one-year deal that guarantees him $5.5 million next season. He could earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses.
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According to MLBTR, the Cubs have signed Scott Baker to a 1-year deal. Baker missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing elbow ligament replacement (Tommy John surgery). His last start was August 8th, 2011 and he made 2 appearances in late September that year as a reliever. Prior to his surgery, Baker was quietly putting [...]
The Cubs have signed RHP Scott Baker for $5.5M, plus $1.5M in incentives. He became a free agent after the Twins declined his $9.5M option for 2013.
The Good: Baker will be playing his age 30 season and has a career 63-48 record and 3.44 K/BB ratio. His career rates are: 7.2 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9. He only costs $5.5M in guaranteed money which is pretty cheap for a starter that...
Stop the presses! Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have signed a good player with durability questions to a one year contract. This time, their reclamation project is Scott Baker, who underwent Tommy John surgery last April and missed the entire 2012 season. To secure his services, the Cubs gave him $5.5 million guaranteed, with an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses based...