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.
The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.