MINNEAPOLIS — Former Twins starting pitcher Scott Baker signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.
Baker became a free agent this offseason after Minnesota declined his $9.25 million club option for the 2013 season. Though the right-hander expressed interested at the end of the 2012 season in possibly staying with the Twins, the two sides decided to part ways.
The 31-year-old Baker missed all of last year after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He was the Twins’ top pitcher in 2011, going 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 21 starts before suffering an injury late in the season. Baker experienced discomfort in his elbow this past spring training and did not throw a single pitch in the regular season for the Twins.
Baker’s one-year deal with the Cubs is for a reported $5.5 million, according to the Chicago Tribune. Baker can also earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives in 2013, the Tribune reported.
Baker was a second-round pick by the Twins in the 2003 draft. He debuted with Minnesota in 2005. In seven seasons with the Twins, Baker was 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA.