Dodgers Rumors: Team Reportedly In Talks With Scott Baker

Scott Baker

The search for depth appears to never end with the new Los Angeles Dodgers front office.

While the team is days away from starting the 2015 season, they continue to look for ways to improve the team. They recently signed right-handed veteran Freddy Garcia to a minor-league deal, and Andrew Friedman has been quoted saying the team has been looking for starting pitching depth. It seems the Dodgers could be addressing that need.

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Dodgers are interested in another veteran right-hander:

Baker is a nine-year veteran that has spent time with the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. He spent the spring with the New York Yankees and appeared in four games (two starts). Baker allowed nine earned runs in 10.1 innings and was released. Last year he pitched in 25 games (eight starts) for the Rangers, finishing with a 5.47 ERA in 80.2 innings. The 33-year-old won as many as 15 games in a season in his seven years with the Twins. While Baker spent most of 2014 out of the bullpen, he remains an option as a spot starter/long reliever.

Injuries to Hyun-Jin Ryu, Erik Bedard and Chad Gaudin left the Dodgers looking to replenish the depth they lost. Baker could sign a deal before Opening Day and head to the minor leaguers, waiting for a chance to make an impact in Los Angeles.

UPDATE (5:49 PM): It’s not an official announcement, but it appears the Dodgers are done with a deal for Baker.

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Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

One Comment

  1. Wow is there no one in the Minors they have faith in to start a game or two. They keep signing washed up guys are guys that have always been less than average. Amazing…

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