Despite missing all of 2012 due to injury, the Chicago Cubs have signed Scott Baker to a one-year deal. The Cubs will try to use Baker to round out their starting rotation.
According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, Baker will make a base salary of $5.5 million. He also has incentives written into his contract worth up to an additional $1.5 million. Incentive-laced contracts are normal for players coming off injury, and Baker's is no different.
"I truly believe if you put the work in and prepare yourself for every start, that's the best you can do," Baker said. "Once you go out there and you are fully prepared then it's about executing pitches. If I can execute pitches then I can be a very productive pitcher and give this team a chance to win some ballgames."Baker last pitched in the 2011 season. He started 21 games for the Minnesota Twins and posted a 3.14 ERA. Baker was drafted by the Twins in the second round of the 2003 draft. He has spent his entire career there.
In Baker's seven seasons in Minnesota, he posted a 4.15 career ERA. The Cubs hope Baker can bring some of his 2011 performance to their team. However, no one is quite sure how he will perform after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Until he takes the mound again, his abilities going forward will be a mystery.