The Chicago Cubs made the first move to bolster their starting rotation for the 2013 season, agreeing to a one-year deal with free-agent right-hander Scott Baker. The deal is worth a base salary of $5.5 million plus up to $1.5 million in performance incentives, per the Chicago Tribune.
The move to Chicago's north side will be Baker's first foray into the National League, and his first move away from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Baker was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the 2003 draft and spent seven seasons in the Twin Cities, posting a 63-48 win-loss record, 4.15 ERA and a 3.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that time.
Baker, 31, missed all of the 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in mid-April, but could be back on the mound by spring training if all goes well. The Twins had shown interest in bringing Baker back to the club even after declining his $9.25-million option for next season, but the Cubs swooped in and took the right-hander off the market.