Scott Baker had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday according to LaVelle E. Neal III of The Star Tribune. He was supposed to have surgery on his flexor tendon, but Dr. David Altchek found damage to the ligament and repaired it. The Twins hold a $9.25MM club option for Baker next season, and it seems unlikely that they'll pick it up.
Here's some news from around the league, as Tuesday turns into Wednesday...
- Mike Puma of The New York Post reports (on Sulia) that Kelvim Escobar will travel to the U.S. and audition for teams next month. The 36-year-old right-hander has thrown just five big league innings since 2007 due to major shoulder issues.
- Andy Parrino has made two straight starts at second base for the Padres, and Bill Center of The San Diego Union-Tribune speculates that Orlando Hudson could be released if his play doesn't improve. The 34-year-old Hudson is hitting .114/.139/.171 in the early going and is owed $7.25MM between his salary and the buyout of his 2013 option.
- Peter O'Malley and his family are "thinking about" trying to purchase the Padres, reports Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times. The O'Malley family owned the Dodgers from 1945-1997 and unsuccessfully tried to repurchase the team from Frank McCourt.
- Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com spoke to incoming Dodgers president Stan Kasten, who said the new ownership group has more money coming after buying the team for $2.15 billion.
- Matthew Futterman of The Wall Street Journal says contract extensions for young players are starting to take a bite out of free agency. Check out our Extension Tracker for a list of such deals.
- The Cubs are enjoying being free from Carlos Zambrano, writes Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times.