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Scott Baker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rangers signed RHP Scott Baker to a minor league contract.
The deal was reported Wednesday, and it's now official after Baker passed a physical. The right-hander used an opt-out clause in his contract with the Mariners earlier this week and has landed with another club desperate for starting pitching. He'll begin the season in the minors but could get a shot quickly if he pitches well. Mar 28 - 3:28 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have signed right-hander Scott Baker, pending a physical.

It is expected to be a minor league deal. Baker was awful with the Mariners this spring, but the Rangers are in need of rotation depth. Still, we aren't optimistic about his chances for success in Texas' hitter-friendly ballpark.
Mar 26 - 1:55 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirms that the Rangers are nearing a minor league deal with free agent right-hander Scott Baker.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish first reported that the two sides were "making progress" on a deal. Baker, who asked the Mariners for his release earlier this week, is expected to begin the season with Triple-A Round Rock. Given the issues in the Rangers' rotation, he could quickly receive an opportunity in the majors if he can prove his health and effectiveness.
Mar 26 - 8:41 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Scott Baker is "making progress" on a contract with the Rangers.

He adds that a deal "could be completed soon." It's not clear whether Baker would receive a major or minor league contract, but the Rangers could certainly use some help in their rotation. Of course, Baker didn't look this spring like he was ready to help anyone, posting a 6.75 ERA and ugly 1/7 K/BB ratio over four Cactus League starts.
Mar 25 - 9:31 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Scott Baker asked for and was granted his release from the Mariners.

Baker had a real chance to earn a spot in the Mariners' Opening Day rotation, but he fumbled the opportunity with a 6.75 ERA and ugly 1/7 K/BB ratio over four Cactus League starts. He's also yet to regain his pre-Tommy John surgery velocity, topping out around 90 mph. Despite this, the 32-year-old shouldn't have trouble catching on somewhere.
Mar 24 - 6:43 PM

Scott Baker walked six while allowing six runs over four innings Saturday.

Baker had been decent in his first eight innings this spring, but the right-hander didn't have anything going for him Saturday. Along with the six free passes, Baker allowed seven hits, including two home runs. Baker is in camp as a non-roster invite, and this beating could hurt his chances of breaking camp with the club.
Mar 22 - 11:34 PM

Scott Baker gave up five runs (two earned) over three innings in Tuesday's start against the Angels.

Baker gave up three unearned runs in the second inning, but he was certainly at fault after a throwing error put the leadoff man on base. Baker gave up consecutive RBI doubles to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. In his three frames, Baker allowed five hits and didn't record a strikeout or issue a walk.
Mar 11 - 5:42 PM

Scott Baker held the White Sox to one run in three innings of work in Thursday's start.

Baker, a non-roster invitee, is trying to bounce back from Tommy John surgery and contribute at the back of the Mariners' bullpen. He last reached the 10-start plateau in 2011, but he'll be a common mention among players who could bounce back this year.
Mar 6 - 5:43 PM

Scott Baker pitched two scoreless innings in Saturday's rain-shortened game against the Angels.

Baker gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one. With Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker ailing, Baker has a chance to be an important member of the Mariners' rotation this season, especially early. The right-hander made just three starts last season as he continued the comeback from Tommy John surgery, and he's in camp with the M's as a non-roster invite.
Mar 1 - 5:59 PM

According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Scott Baker should make the Mariners rotation out of spring training as long as he's healthy.

The veteran right-hander is in camp as a non-roster invitee. Now two years removed from Tommy John surgery, he feels like he's back to his normal self and is ready to get his career back on track. He makes for a very interesting gamble in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Feb 15 - 3:50 PM

Mariners signed RHP Scott Baker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that he'll receive a $1 million salary if he makes the team and could earn an additional $3.25 million in bonuses. Baker missed all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery and made just three late-season starts with the Cubs last season, so he ultimately had to settle for a minor league deal. The 32-year-old posted a 3.92 ERA from 2008-2011 while averaging 7.6 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9, so it's a fine gamble for Seattle. He's one to watch in the spring.
Jan 29 - 1:16 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Indians and Mariners "remain the favorites" to sign Scott Baker.

Cotillo says Baker is expected to make a decision in the next couple of days. Baker's velocity was down in three late-season starts for the Cubs last year, but he could prove to be a nice addition as he further distances himself from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 28 - 9:12 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer hears that Scott Baker is "still a back-burner possibility" for the Indians.

It appears at the moment that the Indians and Mariners are the most likely landing spots for Baker at this point. The right-hander made only three late-season starts for the Cubs last season, but he could make for a sneaky low-lost addition as he further distances himself from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 27 - 11:42 PM

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners remain interested in free agent right-hander Scott Baker.

M's general manager Jack Zdruiencik said Saturday that the team is still looking to add a number three starter to his rotation, but isn't interested in Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez at their current asking prices. Baker, who pitched well in three starts with the Cubs in 2013, is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery and could make for a nice low-cost addition.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 26 - 5:35 PM

The Mariners and Indians are the favorites to sign Scott Baker, according to a source of MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo.

There are five to seven teams in on the right-hander, Cotillo said. Baker will likely have to settle for a minor league deal after making just three starts since 2011. The 32-year-old's three starts all came last season after returning from Tommy John surgery, posting a 3.60 ERA and 0.87 WHIP through 15 innings.
Jan 18 - 9:48 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Robinson Chirinos
3J.P. Arencibia
1B1Prince Fielder
2B1Jurickson Profar
2Donnie Murphy
3Josh Wilson
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Michael Choice
RF1Alex Rios
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Tanner Scheppers
5Martin Perez
6Colby Lewis
7Robbie Ross
8Joe Saunders
9Nick Martinez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Alexi Ogando
3Neal Cotts
4Jason Frasor
5Shawn Tolleson
6Joseph Ortiz
7Pedro Figueroa
8Aaron Poreda