When the Cubs signed both Scott Baker and Scott Feldman this past off season to team friendly, low risk contracts, the goal was to have both pitch well enough to either flip or sign long term. Feldman did just that and was move early in the year for prospects. Baker, on the other hand, has not followed the blueprint. An early spring setback has forced his return all the way back to late this season. On Friday he’s slated to make his third and final start of the season before being shut down. In his first two outings, Baker has pitched very well. If Friday goes the same, Theo and Jed will have a difficult decision on their hands. Do you bring back Baker on another team friend deal and further cloud up the starting rotation competition or do you chalk that experiment up as a loss?

If you bring Baker back, then what does your rotation look like next year, with a number of guys at least making a case for consideration.

Let’s discuss.

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