Report: Dodgers to sign Scott Baker to a minor league deal

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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.

Cubs shut Brandon Morrow down for remainder of 2019

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Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.

Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.

Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.