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Seattle Mariners rumors: Scott Baker signs one-year deal with Seattle Mariners

Scott Baker has signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.
Scott Baker has signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.
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Seattle Mariners rumors have the team signing starting pitcher Scott Baker to a one-year deal. These Seattle Mariners rumors come on the heels of reports that the team was looking at signing either Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. According to a report from the team on Wednesday (Jan. 29), this is a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training attached to it.

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Baker immediately goes into the competition to make the starting rotation for the team in 2014. The deal nets him $1 million if he makes the Major League roster in 2014 and there are quite a few incentives woven into the contract. He stands to make as much as $3.25 million in additional incentives. This could end up being a very good deal for the team if Baker is able to pitch a lot of innings.

Last year he was only able to make three starts for the Chicago Cubs due to injury. He pitched 15 innings, had a 3.60 ERA and allowed only 13 baserunners. Those are pretty good numbers for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound starting pitcher. While there are still many Seattle Mariners rumors out there about potential contract offers to free agents, it really looks like Scott Baker will be given every opportunity to make the starting rotation in Spring Training.

Other pitchers on the active roster looking to join Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in the rotation are Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer, Blake Beavan, and Hector Noesi.

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