(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs signed pitcher Scott Baker to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million and $1.5 million in incentives.
The 31-year-old ex-Minnesota Twin, missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery.
“The reality is that it’s not exactly a buyer’s market for pitching right now so you have to take your risks,” Cubs general manager Theo Epstein said. “Do you want to take a risk on the guy with bad makeup? Do you want to take the risk on the guy with bad command? Or do you want to take a risk on a guy you really believe in who’s coming off Tommy John surgery at an appropriate value point? I think we are very comfortable placing our bet on Scott Baker.”
Last season wasn’t the only time Baker missed games due to injury. In 2011 he pitched in only 23 games due to an elbow strain.
For his career, Baker has a 63-48 record, with a 4.15 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.
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