The Chicago Cubs and infielder Jeff Baker have agreed upon a 1-year, $1.175 million deal that will keep Baker on the north side during the 2011 MLB schedule. Baker played in 79 games for the Cubs in 2010, hitting .272 with a .326 on-base percentage. He played 1st base, 2nd base and 3rd base in the infield and also right field during the course of the season. Baker is a solid reserve infielder for the Cubs and is a good presence on the bench and in the locker room.
The Cubs also tendered contracts to the following players – Closer Carlos Marmol, left-handed pitchers Sean Marshall and Tom Gorzelanny and catchers Geovany Soto and Koyie Hill.