1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson reports that the Dodgers are expected to sign pitcher Scott Baker to a minor league deal, pending a physical. Baker was released by the Yankees on Sunday. He allowed nine runs on 14 hits with a 10/0 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings in Grapefruit League play this spring.
The Dodgers are light in terms of starting pitching depth as Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the season on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder. Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson also have spotty health histories. With that known, it’s understandable why the Dodgers will sign Baker and already have signed veteran Freddy Garcia to a minor league deal.
Baker made eight starts and 17 relief appearances for the Rangers last season, posting a 5.47 ERA with a 55/14 K/BB ratio over 80 2/3 innings. Coming up with the Twins, Baker always had a lot of promise, but could rarely stay healthy for an entire season. He underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2012.
Right-hander Scott Baker has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
Baker has struggled to regain his form after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery, logging a total of just 96 innings since then while posting a 5.17 ERA.
Prior to the elbow injury Baker was a solid mid-rotation starter for the Twins, going 55-37 with a 3.98 ERA in 821 innings from 2007-2011. However, as an extreme fly-ball pitcher he seems like a poor fit for Yankee Stadium.
Scott Baker’s agent told Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that the veteran right-hander has interest from at least five teams, but so far they’re only offering minor-league contracts and Baker is holding out for a big-league deal.
Baker was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Twins, but missed all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery and has struggled to regain his old form. Last season he threw 81 innings for the Rangers split between the rotation and bullpen, posting a 5.47 ERA and 55/14 K/BB ratio.
Oh, and an interesting little note: Baker’s agent is longtime big leaguer Bobby Witt, who won 142 games as a hard-throwing, control-challenged starter from 1986-2001.