Cubs agree to terms with RHP Scott Baker
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The Cubs and right-handed pitcher Scott Baker have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
Baker, 31, comes to the Cubs after spending all or part of seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins. A second-round pick in the 2003 draft, Baker has a career 63-48 record with a 4.15 ERA in 163 appearances, all but four as a starter. He’s struck out 770 batters and walked 224 in 958.0 innings and reached 28 or more starts from 2008-10.
Baker last pitched in the majors in 2011, where he went 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA before being sidelined with elbow issues. He had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in April of 2012 and missed the entire season.
Baker, who was the Opening Day starter for the Twins in 2010, departs ranked among the club’s all-time leaders in several categories, including winning percentage (.568, fourth, minimum 100 decisions), starts (11th with 159), wins (11th with 63) and strikeouts (11th with 770).