Sep 20, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Baker pitches in the first inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Seattle Mariners remain interested in Scott Baker


The Seattle Mariners still insist on making a couple more moves and could be looking to add a few arms to their rotation or bullpen. They have a few options out there with Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana but may not be looking to go that high when it comes to their price range.

So why not roll the dice and hope you pick up a steal? According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the Seattle Mariners remain interested in right handed starting pitcher Scott Baker. Baker was picked up last year by the Chicago Cubs in September and made his first start in place of Travis Wood.

The Cubs pushed Wood’s start to a Monday, while Baker took the mound. Baker underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2011 and missed the entire 2012 season. He only pitched 15 innings in three starts with the Chicago Cubs last year.

The 32 year old veteran finished the year with a ERA of 3.60, 0.87 WHIP, six strike outs and six earned runs. He gave up three long ball’s in his short stay with the Cubbies. If Baker is signed, he could be a three or four in their rotation.

What do you think Seattle Mariners fans? Should the Mariners take a shot with Baker or try to find another starter elsewhere?

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  • Albin Kampfer

    I’d rather see them go for Santana, but it sounds like they may not want to spend the money.

  • Craig

    One offensive splash and a bunch of veteran risks coming off injuries. Can’t say I’m brimming with excitement at this point.

  • Reuven Bolnick

    I don’t see what is going on as the Mariners not wanting to spend money but rather not wanting to waste it. While Baker might be the same age as Santana and Ubaldo, he will cost a lot less money/years not to mention he wont cost a draft pick. I see him as a low risk pick up for the next year or two so we can slowly bring up our young guys. He might not be a splashy signing but he might be just what we need right now.

  • JulioC

    This is non-news. Here’s the real news flash: The Mariners are the definition of a crappy sports team. Look at their history; is any team this bad, regardless of sport? They won’t win the AL West, won’t get the wild card–hell, they won’t even have a winning record, again! Only hope is that they win a few more games than the Astros so they aren’t in the AL West basement.

  • Okanogan

    So here we go again , i guess the purse strings are tighning up, i don’t get it why sign Cano if your not all in, that money could of been better spent on additional players.