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John Baker | Catcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 213
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Cubs purchased the contract of C John Baker from Triple-A Iowa.
Baker will serve as the backup catcher behind Welington Castillo. He beat out Eli Whiteside for the job. Mar 30 - 4:01 PM

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John Baker has won a spot on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

The Cubs released George Kottaras on Wednesday, so Baker will serve as a backup to Welington Castillo. He ultimately won the gig over Eli Whiteside, who will provide depth at Triple-A
Mar 26 - 2:22 PM

Cubs signed C John Baker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Baker batted just .150/.261/.150 in 46 plate appearances this past summer with the Padres. It's a depth signing for the Cubs, who also have Welington Castillo, George Kottaras and Eli Whiteside at catcher.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Dodgers claimed C John Baker off waivers from the Padres; optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Baker was designated for assignment by San Diego earlier this week after opening the season with an ugly .150/.261/.150 batting line. He'll serve as depth for LA.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Padres designated C John Baker for assignment.

The 40-man roster spot was needed with Logan Forsythe coming off the 60-day DL. Baker has batted only .223/.301/.258 over 79 games the last two years for the Padres. He's had some success in the past, though, and some teams might view him as an upgrade to their backup catcher situation.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 07:37:00 PM

Padres optioned C John Baker to Triple-A Tucson.

The move clears a spot for Yasmani Grandal on the active roster. Baker, 31, is batting .150 (6-for-40) with two RBI in 16 games with the Padres this season.
Tue, May 28, 2013 08:42:00 AM

John Baker will be sent to the minors Tuesday to make room for Yasmani Grandal, who will be reinstated from suspension.

When you're slugging more than 60 points less than your body weight, you probably aren't long for the majors. Baker enjoyed a few months in the majors as Nick Hundley's backup thanks to Grandal's poor judgment, but did nothing to lock himself into a long-term bench gig, batting an unsightly .150/.261/.150 in 16 games.
Tue, May 28, 2013 03:18:00 AM

John Baker was a late scratch from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to a sore right wrist.

It's not anything to worry about. "During the season, John would be playing," Padres manager Bud Black said. Consider Baker day-to-day.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Padres avoided arbitration with C John Baker by agreeing to a one-year, $930,000 contract.

He was in his second year of arbitration. Baker batted only .238/.310/.280 without a homer in 2012 but will share time with Nick Hundley in 2013 while Yasmani Grandal serves his suspension.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 01:10:00 PM

John Baker went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Nationals.

After starting the season 2-for-25 (.080), Baker has caught fire with five hits in his last seven at-bats. He performed well in part-time action before undergoing Tommy John surgery, and should continue contributing against right-handed pitchers going forward.
Wed, May 16, 2012 05:12:00 AM

The Padres and C John Baker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

Baker, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, missed most of the 2011 season following Tommy John surgery, but batted .154 (2-for-13) after being activated from the disabled list in September. Picked up from the Marlins for left-hander Wade LeBlanc in November, he'll share playing time with Nick Hundley behind the plate in 2012.
Tue, Jan 17, 2012 01:27:00 PM

Padres acquired C John Baker from the Marlins for LHP Wade LeBlanc.

Baker, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, missed most of the 2011 season following Tommy John surgery, but batted .154 (2-for-13) after being activated from the disabled list in September. The 30-year-old backstop is a .271/.356/.401 career hitter in the big leagues and will likely serve as a left-handed hitting complement to the righty-hitting Nick Hundley.
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 06:44:00 PM

John Baker says he's available to catch, but it's not clear if he'll get in any games before the end of the season.

Baker, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, was activated from the DL and has made seven pinch-hitting appearances since. "I’m available, hoping to play, ready to play, but I understand [Jon Buck] and [Brett Hayes] have been here the whole year," Baker said. Baker would like to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this offseason in order to make up for lost time behind the plate.
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 07:14:00 PM

Marlins activated C John Baker from the 60-day disabled list.

Baker underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September and has not played in a game this season. He will be eased back into action by the Marlins.
Mon, Sep 5, 2011 02:03:00 PM

John Baker (elbow) hopes to resume a rehab assignment by the end of August.

Baker, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, has been hitting and throwing for a while now. He's hoping to make it back to the Marlins in September to serve as the third catcher.
Wed, Aug 10, 2011 08:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker