Mariners sign John Baker to Minors deal
The Mariners have signed veteran catcher John Baker to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Baker, 34, provides depth and should compete for a backup role with Seattle. He hit .192 in 68 games with the Cubs last season. Baker has also played for the Marlins and Padres over a seven-year career in the big leagues.
The Mariners have three catchers on their 40-man roster in Mike Zunino, John Hicks and Jesus Sucre.
Pitchers and catchers report to Mariners camp Feb. 20.