Aug 21, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Jeff Baker (15) catches a throw to first in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Miami Marlins sign Jeff Baker to two-year contract

The Miami Marlins didn’t hide their desire to sign Jeff Baker this offseason and after a hefty coveting, the Marlins have their man.

Baker, a former member of the Texas Rangers drew relatively heavy interest from a handful of teams including the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and aforementioned Rangers, but it was the Marlins who inked him to a two-year contract today.

Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

Jeff Baker and marlins agree to 2-year deal

It’s being reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the deal is worth a reported $3.7 million dollars with addition $500,000 dollar bonuses in each year.

Baker, 32, had a very solid 2013 campaign where he hit .279 alongside 11 home runs in 74 games. That said – he’s not exactly what you’d call a full-time player as he’s better in a utility role/bench bat, so it’s not exactly a cheap deal for the Marlins but it should be one that benefits their lineup moving forward.

It’s not know what role the Marlins plan to use Baker in this season.

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