From the Wire … Cubs Sign Scott Baker to One-Year Deal

The Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Scott Baker to a one-year contract worth a reported $5.5 million that includes an incentive package worth an additional $1.5 million.

The 31-year old right hander missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of 2012. Scott Baker last pitched in the majors in 2011 and started 21 games for the Twins. In 23 games, 21 starts, Baker posted a 8-6 record with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Baker owns a 63-48 mark in 163 big league games, 159 starts, with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. In 958 innings, Baker has better than a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio (770 strikeouts, 224 walks).

With the addition of Scott Baker, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 37 players.

Scott Baker is one of several starting pitchers the Cubs have been linked to already this off-season. The Cubs are known to be looking to add at least two starters to their roster and if healthy, Baker could fill one of the spots.

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