11/13 Cubs sign Baker
The Cubs began adding to the rotation by signing right-handed pitcher Scott Baker to a one-year contract. Baker, 31, signed for $5.5 million with another $1.5 million possible in performance bonuses.
The right-hander has pitched all or part of seven seasons with the Twins, from 2005-11. He has totaled 28 or more starts in three straight seasons, 2008-10.
The Twins’ Opening Day starter in 2010, he was limited to 23 appearances in 2011 because of a right elbow injury that eventually required Tommy John surgery. He did not pitch last year.
Baker leaves the Twins ranked among the club’s all-time leaders in several categories, including winning percentage (.568, fourth, minimum 100 decisions), starts (11th with 159), wins (11th with 63) and strikeouts (11th with 770).
– Carrie Muskat