The Seattle Mariners announced the signing of RHP Scott Baker to a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite on Wednesday.
#Mariners officially announce Scott Baker signing on Minor League deal with camp invite.Nice pickup for rotation depth.
— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) January 29, 2014
MLB Daily Dish reported that Baker would receive a $1 million salary if he makes the team and is eligible to collect up to $3.25 million in performance bonuses.
Baker missed the 2012 season and a majority of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery. He returned to make three starts in September for the Chicago Cubs and posted a 3.60 ERA with no record in 15 innings.
The right-hander has spent the majority of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins, posting a 63-48 record with a 4.16 ERA in 166 career games, including 162 starts, from 2005 to 2011.
Greg Johns is right, the signing is a nice one for some rotation depth. If he is healthy, it could turn out to be a really cost-effective move.