MINNEAPOLIS Not surprisingly, the Minnesota Twins announced Monday that they have declined the 9.25 million option on right-hander Scott Baker's contract for the 2013 season.
Baker missed all of 2012 after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He began experiencing elbow discomfort during spring training and was later shut down for the season before it even began.
During the Twins' 99-loss season in 2011, Baker was the team's best starting pitcher. He went 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 21 starts -- including 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA before the All-Star break. But he missed time with a right flexor strain that landed him on the disabled list twice.
Even with his injury concerns last year, the Twins had hoped that Baker could help solidify an otherwise unstable starting rotation in 2012. But the 31-year-old right-hander never threw a pitch this season, and Minnesota's rotation was shaky from Opening Day to the last game of the year.
Last week, the Twins also declined a 6 million opti...