Twins Decline 2013 Option For Scott Baker

Scott Baker will hit free agency following a season spent recovering from Tommy John surgery. As expected, the Twins declined their $9.25MM option for the right-hander, Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Baker will be free to sign with any team starting Saturday morning. However, Twins GM Terry Ryan has said the Twins would like to re-sign the 31-year old. Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reported last week that Baker remains a "high priority" for the Twins. Baker's agent has been in regular communication with the Twins about a deal, perhaps a one or two-year contract with incentives.

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8 Comments on "Twins Decline 2013 Option For Scott Baker"

Konrad Verloc
2 years 10 months ago

Kinda wish Texas would go after him, but they have such a poor track record in recent years of picking recently injured pitchers – well, I guess Nathan was a good sign. I’m thinking Webb in particular.

2 years 10 months ago

Texas pursued Sheets but never signed him.

2 years 10 months ago

Extreme flyball pitcher + Rust from Tommy John + Rangers Ballpark = Uh-oh

2 years 10 months ago

Yeah, Baker’s a good pitcher (if healthy) but probably not a great fit for that park. Resigning with the Twins or another pitcher’s park (Oak, SD) would make more sense for him to reestablish his value.

2 years 10 months ago

Was expecting this. Seriously, Scott Baker needs to be signed to a team friendly deal in any way, shape or form. This wasn’t it.

2 years 10 months ago

Twins should probably make other guys a “high priority” over Baker…

2 years 10 months ago

He would seem to be a guy the Brewers might take a look at until you see he’s allowed 8 HR in 38 career IP in Miller Park.

2 years 10 months ago

The twins really can’t afford to lose this guy after the season they just had.