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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:19 AM
Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:21 AM
If I recall, last year the Twins wanted to sign him for 2 years (the second being a team option year) and Baker resisted. He got a one year deal from the Cubs to build up his value. Since he spent most of the year on the DL, I suspect he'd probably want another one year deal and hope to hit it big. I think he'd like to stay in Chicago or the NL.
Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:13 PM
Edited by Reider, 31 October 2013 - 10:16 PM.
Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:49 PM
I'd welcome Baker back for the right price, which at this point would have to be pretty low. Given that, he'd be a relatively low risk signing.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:34 AM
Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:42 AM
My understanding with Baker was that he had virtually no interest in rejoining the Twins. Just does not want to be here. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong but I remember hearing that somewhere.
Nah, TwinsNorth is right. Twins insisted on a club option, Baker didn't want that - and maybe he was right to not want it. Ideally for him, he has a solid 2013 season and then get a big FA deal after it. Twins didn't want to have him for a half season of rehab and maybe a few good starts at the end of the year. And I believe the Cubs deal would pay him slightly more if he hit some of his incentives.
IIRC, a lot of fans ripped the Twins for not giving into Baker's demands and some started to imply that Baker didn't want to be here but it certainly wasn't based on anything in fact.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:53 AM
The problem is that he's rarely healthy.
If he manages to post a 200 inning season in 2014, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest to see him post a better season than Ervin Santana. In fact, put a couple drinks in me and I'd actually make that bet.
Baker is a great buy-low candidate. I'd be infuriated if he is the only pitching free agent pick-up this offseason but if we entered 2014 with Hughes and Baker fronting the rotation, I'd be pretty damned pleased with Ryan.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 08:38 AM
The Twins need all of the quality arms they can get, and when healthy, Baker is certainly a quality arm.
Baker needs to sign with someone that will give him opportunities to start (so he can rebuild his value) and the Twins wide open rotation can give him that opportunity.
I'd love to see Baker on a two year contract, but wouldn't balk at a one year deal if that's what it takes to bring him back.
Posted 01 November 2013 - 09:41 AM
Posted 01 November 2013 - 09:43 AM
Posted 01 November 2013 - 09:55 AM
If they could get him for a deal that left room to comfortably walk away (think Marquis) if it did not work then I think this would be a good move. A concern would that the section of MN fans who are searching for things to be negative about would chew this to pieces. Ryan may not have the credibility to sell a move like this. If Baker came in and gave 2011esq numbers and was able to go 175 innings it would be a giant difference. What would be a the contract? One year at 4.0 million?
Well he got $5.5 million last year. That was coming off TJ surgery. I'm sure he will get that much at least next year. Could be a lot more if he works out and looks good.