Yankees sign Baker to Minor-League deal
Right-hander Scott Baker has appeared in just 28 games in the Majors during the past three seasons, making just eight starts, but could get a chance to prove himself as a starter in 2015.
The Yankees reportedly signed Baker to a one-year, Minor League contract on Friday, although the club has yet to confirm the deal. If Baker, 33, makes the Major League roster, his contract will be worth $1.5 million, according to CBS Sports.
The move gives the Yankees potential depth at the back end of their starting rotation if Baker can pitch closer to his performance before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012. At the very least, it is a low-risk deal that provides New York with another pitching option.
The Yankees enter the season counting on the health of three starters — Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda — who all missed significant time in 2014 with injury along with right-hander Ivan Nova, who is expected to miss at least the first month of the season to recover from his own Tommy John surgery.
The Yankees have yet to announce their non-roster invites for Spring Training, but Baker will almost certainly be a candidate. He collected a 5.47 ERA in 25 games for the Rangers last season but allowed 15 home runs in 80 2/3 innings, which has been a problem throughout his career and could be problematic at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Baker was a solid starter for the Twins prior to the surgery, accumulating a record of 63-48 and an 4.15 ERA during a span of seven seasons.