The Cubs and Scott Baker have agreed on a 1-year deal for the 2013 MLB season. Baker missed the entire 2012 season once he had Tommy John surgery in April. He is expected to be able to be in the Cubs starting rotation coming out of spring training. In 2011, Baker appeared in 23 games, even posting a solid 2.86 ERA through the first 3 months of the season. But an elbow strain sidelined him for much of the rest of the campaign and although he did pitch at the end of the season, he never was the same. The elbow soreness lingered all throughout the winter, so he opted for the surgery in April 2012.
Baker had this to say about the signing: “I truly believe if you put the work in and prepare yourself for every start, that’s the best you can do. Once you go out there and you are fully prepared then it’s about executing pitches…. I’m excited working with the coaching staff and medical staff. It’s a big season for me and the organization. I look forward to giving the team a chance to win.”
President of Baseball Ops Theo Epstein talked about the risk of signing a player coming off of Tommy John surgery: “I think we are very comfortable placing our bet on Scott Baker… Obviously there are no certainties on rehabs, but we spent quite a bit of time on the medical and on the rehab, and it was described by our staff as an ideal Tommy John rehab so far. Knock on wood. Everything has one perfectly so far, and he has really attacked it in an ideal manner.”
Go Cubs Go – Now it looks like we have our 4th starter. I still hope the Theo & Co. add 2 more starters just in case there are a few setbacks with Baker. Guess we’ll have to see what happens along the way, but I like the Baker move…