The Chicago Cubs took a chance when they signed Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million deal this offseason. Baker was still recovering from Tommy John surgery. He's still recovering, in fact. However, the Cubs hope he can help bolster their starting rotation. He just may not be able to do it starting on Opening Day.
According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs are going to take their time with Baker. They are not yet ready to reveal when they think he will be ready to pitch full-time.
Baker will be "babied" coming back from TJ surgery. Will he be ready Opening Day? #Cubs Sveum: "We're not going to put a timetable on it."
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 12, 2013
Baker previously spent his entire career with the Minnesota Twins. He suffered a torn UCL in 2011 and missed the entire 2012 season. Now, he is ready to make his comeback, but it will be with another team. After being granted free agency, the Cubs agreed to sign him in November of last year.
Baker spent seven seasons pitching for the Twins. In that time, he has a record of 63-48 with an ERA of 4.15. While his ERA may not be the stuff of an ace, the Cubs hope he will show improvements while pitching in the National League. Baker's overall ERA throughout his career has still been slightly above average when compared to the rest of baseball, so the Cubs are hopeful he can help them improve - even if it is just slightly.