According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, former Chicago Cubs utilityman Jeff Baker has come to terms on a two-year agreement with the Miami Marlins.
The deal is worth $3.7 million, according to a Tweet by Joel Sherman of the NY Post, and could pay Baker an additional $500K in incentives in each of the two years covered. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported that Baker will earn $1.6 million this season and $2.1 million in 2015.
In nine years at the big league level, Baker has batted .267/.321/.440, and has shown a proficiency at hitting left-handed pitching. MLB Trade Rumors points out his interesting splits against righties and lefties in their coverage of the signing.
The 32-year-old Baker slashed .279/.360/.545 in 2013 thanks in large part to his Herculean numbers against left-handed pitching. Baker has never been one to handle same-handed pitching well, and he showed that last season with a .204/.250/.286 line against righties in just 52 plate appearances. However, in his 123 PAs against southpaws, Baker mashed at a .314/.407/.667 clip. In his career, he’s a .298/.353/.522 hitter against lefties.
In four seasons with the Cubs, Baker hit .280/.326/.421, playing as a defensive utilityman for the club. He is expected to platoon with Garrett Jones at first base in Miami next season.
Texas, San Francisco and Washington were all reported to be in the running for his services, but the second year on the deal separated Miami from the pack, according to MLBTR.
Baker has played for five teams in his Major League career, including the Cubs, Rockies, Rangers, Braves and Tigers.