Veteran catcher John Baker has signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Baker was once a solid starting catcher for the Marlins, but he’s been mostly injured for the past five seasons and hasn’t produced offensively when healthy enough to be in the lineup.
Dating back to 2010 he’s hit .209 with a .540 OPS in 186 games, including .192 with a .504 OPS in 68 games for the Cubs last season.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.