The 32-year-old Baker signed a one-year, $5.5M deal with the Cubs last November after not throwing a pitch in 2012 due to Tommy John surgery. In three starts with the Cubs last season, he posted a 3.60 ERA with six strikeouts and a 3.6 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 over 15 innings. Baker posted a career-low 3.14 ERA with the Minnesota Twins in 2011.
Internally, the Cubs have Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson and Jake Arrieta as mainstays. Justin Grimm, acquired last season for Garza, could be an option as could 2013 Cubs minor league pitcher of the year Kyle Hendricks. Lefty Chris Rusin is leftover from last year as well.
Below is MLB Trade Rumors’ Free Agent Tracker, which list starting pitchers that are still available in alphabetical order.
Bronson Arroyo, Scott Baker, Erik Bedard, A.J. Burnett, Chris Capuano, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Matt Garza, Jason Hammel, Tommy Hanson, Aaron Harang, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jair Jurrjens, Jeff Karstens, Paul Maholm, Jason Marquis, Daisuke Matsuzaka, James McDonald, Jeff Niemann, Clayton Richard, Ervin Santana, Johan Santana, Joe Saunders, Jake Westbrook, Suk-min Yoon, Barry Zito
The Cubs will probably add a piece before spring starts. Be there when it does start by getting your Chicago Cubs spring training tickets here.