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Chicago Cubs will not re-sign RHP Scott Baker


After not signing Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the Chicago Cubs will continue to look for added rotation depth and not re-sign Scott Baker, reports Jesse Rodgers of ESPNChicago.com.

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.

Rodgers also notes that former Cub Paul Maholm and Jason Hammel, who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles last season have been linked to Chicago.

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

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