Results tagged ‘ Jeff Baker ’

1/14 Geovany Soto signs

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto avoided arbitration and signed a one-year, $3 million deal Friday night. Soto batted .280 last season with 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 105 games. The 2008 National League Rookie of the Year, Soto struggled in ’09 and batted .218. The Cubs now have avoided arbitration with Soto, Jeff Baker and Koyie Hill. The arbitration eligible players remaining include Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol, Matt Garza and Tom Gorzelanny.

– Carrie Muskat 

1/13 Leadoff by committee

Cubs manager Mike Quade hinted he may rotate players in the No. 1 spot in the order.

“You look at this club, as I do right now, and you say, ‘Who’s a perennial leadoff guy?'” Quade said. “‘Who’s the prototypical leadoff guy? Do we have one?’ And I would say, ‘I don’t think so.’ OK, when the answer is ‘I don’t think so,’ I can mix and match. Maybe somebody asserts himself as that guy, again, keeping an open mind and just making sure you weigh all the variables.”

That’s something that will play out this spring. Among the candidates to watch are Blake DeWitt, Jeff Baker and Kosuke Fukudome.

– Carrie Muskat

1/12 Hill avoids arbitration

The Cubs avoided arbirtration with catcher Koyie Hill on Wednesday and signed him to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

“In the bottom of my heart, I would probably scrape every penny I have to pay for a chance to do this,” Hill said. “Contract negotiations is something that’s part of the game, but I’m happy its over, I’m happy I’m a Cub and I’m happy the Cubs organization thinks enough of me to want to have me back.”

Hill, 31, made 60 starts last season and batted .214 with 13 doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 RBIs. Since 2007, the team has an 84-72 record in games he has started.

Catcher Geovany Soto and pitchers Matt Garza, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, and Tom Gorzelanny are the Cubs’ remaining arbitration eligible players. Jeff Baker, 29, also was arbitration eligible but he renewed Dec. 2 on a $1.175 million contract.

– Carrie Muskat

12/29 Looking ahead

Will the Cubs be quiet on New Year’s Eve? Or will it be like last year when they signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three-year deal on Dec. 31, 2009? Remember New Year’s Eve 2008? On that date, the Cubs signed infielder Aaron Miles and traded Mark DeRosa to the Indians for Chris Archer, John Gaub and Jeff Stevens. Archer was named the organization’s Minor League pitcher of the year in 2010.

Heading into 2011, the Cubs’ only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Geovany Soto, and Koyie Hill. Jeff Baker also was arb eligible but he signed on Dec. 2 for $1.18 million. The arbitration filing period is Jan. 5-15, and figures are Jan. 18 if a resolution is not reached. Hearings take place in February.

Other dates to remember: The Cubs Convention will be Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago.

– Carrie Muskat

12/2 Baker signs 1-year deal

The Cubs and Jeff Baker avoided arbitration, and the infielder signed a one-year, $1.175 million deal on Thursday. Baker was one of six Cubs who are arbitration eligible. The team will tender contracts to the other five: Geovany Soto, Tom Gorzelanny, Koyie Hill, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol. As of now, Baker is listed on the depth chart at first base.

– Carrie Muskat

9/23 Cubs lineup vs Giants – UPDATED

Jeff Baker was scratched from Thursday’s lineup because of the stomach flu. Baker has been bothered by it since Sunday. Rookie Darwin Barney started in his place and led off, playing second base.

– Carrie Muskat

9/23 Cubs lineup vs Giants

Jeff Baker is back in the Cubs lineup Thursday for the series finale against the Giants. He’s been sidelined with the stomach flu. Baker is batting .350 against left-handers this year and the Giants are starting southpaw Madison Bumgarner. It’s the Cubs’ last home night game at Wrigley Field. Here’s the order:

2B Baker
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
RF Fukudome
C Hill
P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

9/22 Game 2 lineup vs Giants

Darwin Barney is leading off and playing second Wednesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 against the Giants. Jeff Baker was battling the stomach flu and is sidelined. Here’s the lineup:

2B Barney
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
RF Fukudome
C Hill
P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

9/11 Cubs lineup vs Brewers

No Aramis Ramirez yet in Saturday’s Cubs lineup vs. the Brewers. Jeff Baker is leading off vs. lefty Randy Wolf. Baker is batting .354 against left-handers, third best in the National League. Here’s the order:

3B Baker
SS Castro
CF Byrd
C Soto
1B Nady
RF Fukudome
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

9/10 Castro, Ramy & Baker

Starlin Castro has a giant purple bruise on his left hip from a collision with Astros first baseman Brett Wallace on Wednesday. Wallace is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds; Castro is 6-foot, 190 pounds. Wallace won this battle.

“He showed up today with a monster bruise and wanted to play,” manager Mike Quade said of Castro, who collided in the fourth inning Wednesday, yet stayed in the game. “He wants to play but we’re not going to get people hurt. If he’s not 100 percent, we’ll get somebody in the lineup who is.”

Castro, ranked fourth in the National League with a .317 average, worked with athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and strength coach Tim Buss before Friday’s game.

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who has not played since last Sunday because of a sore right quad, was able to run Friday but still was not available to pinch-hit. Infielder Jeff Baker was in the lineup Friday but scratched to give him time to heal a sore Achilles.

“It’s September, so we’re mixing and matching and doing whatever we have to do,” Quade said.

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