UPDATE: 4:10PM ET
The Mariners have signed Scott Baker to a minor-league contract
Chris Cotillo of mlbdailydish.com reports that the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners are the favorites to land Free Agent Pitcher Scott Baker. According to a industry source, there are 5-7 teams interested in Baker. He will likely make a desicion within the next few days.
Baker has been interested in signing a Major League contract, but will most likely settle with a Minor League contract that includes an inviation to spring training. “He is feeling better than he has for the past three years” says the source, “and will try to earn a starting role in the rotation in Spring Training with the team he decides to sign with.
The 32 year old pitcher made three Starts with the Chicago Cubs last seasons recording 6 earned runs in 15 innings after not playing for almost three years. Scott showed interest in returning with the Cubs but now likely heading back to the American Leagues with either Seattle or Cleveland.
In eight seasons with the Minnesota Twins (’05-’11) and Cubs (’13), Baker has a lifetime 63-48 record and 4.14 ERA in 166 major league appearances.