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What Do We Do With Scott Baker?

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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.

  • Doug S.

    Based on the guys we have now I’d go with Wood, Jackson, Shark, Rusin, then it’s either Arrieta or Baker in the rotation. Tough to make a decision on Baker with so little work to make a call on. Would be nice to have him stay and get a better look. Maybe sign him for a couple of years as a sign of good faith, but less than 5.5 a year

  • Doug S.

    Based on the guys we have now I’d go with Wood, Jackson, Shark, Rusin, then it’s either Arrieta or Baker in the rotation. Tough to make a decision on Baker with so little work to make a call on. Would be nice to have him stay and get a better look. Maybe sign him for a couple of years as a sign of good faith, but less than 5.5 a year

  • Doc Raker

    We paid Baker $5.5M to rehab and that was a team friendly contract? Sounds pretty player friendly to me.

    • Pierce

      I’m with you on that. But since we already have that much ‘invested’ in him, why not see where he takes us? You can never have enough possible starting pitchers in your bullpen.

      Plus, with the way Jackson has been pitching, who says he’s guaranteed that rotation for the whole year? (But yes, that contract of his really does complicate things.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Agreed, I think if they can get him for a reasonable amount he’s worth holding onto for next year. I’m still not convinced that Rusin belongs in the rotation and if there are not any other free agent signings this offseason Baker might work out or at least be trade bait later next season.

  • Doc Raker

    We paid Baker $5.5M to rehab and that was a team friendly contract? Sounds pretty player friendly to me.

    • Pierce

      I’m with you on that. But since we already have that much ‘invested’ in him, why not see where he takes us? You can never have enough possible starting pitchers in your bullpen.

      Plus, with the way Jackson has been pitching, who says he’s guaranteed that rotation for the whole year? (But yes, that contract of his really does complicate things.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Agreed, I think if they can get him for a reasonable amount he’s worth holding onto for next year. I’m still not convinced that Rusin belongs in the rotation and if there are not any other free agent signings this offseason Baker might work out or at least be trade bait later next season.

  • Eddie Von White

    I think Theo and Jed already know what they are going to do with Scott Baker.

  • Eddie Von White

    I think Theo and Jed already know what they are going to do with Scott Baker.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I would like to see the Cubs make a play for Price, but even if they don’t the Cubs should try to sign one starter who could be considered their ace. Because at this point they look like a rotation filled with a bunch of number 3s and 4s

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I would like to see the Cubs make a play for Price, but even if they don’t the Cubs should try to sign one starter who could be considered their ace. Because at this point they look like a rotation filled with a bunch of number 3s and 4s

  • Seymour Butts

    Sign him, flip him mid season.

    • PLCB3

      Exactly how I feel

  • Seymour Butts

    Sign him, flip him mid season.

    • AC0000000

      Exactly how I feel

  • Chuck

    You do the same thing you do with every other player. Offer him a fair contract in both money and years and let him go if he gets a better deal elsewhere.

    What is fair? A deal similar to Edwin Jackson (both league-average starting pitchers) but discounted a bit due to his age and injury. Maybe 3/$30M? That sounds about right.

    • Eugene Debs

      Are you kidding? 3 years a $30 million for guy that has made 2 starts in 2 years? NO ONE will offer him 3 years.

    • Eugene Debs

      Are you kidding? 3 years a $30 million for guy that has made 2 starts in 2 years? NO ONE will offer him 3 years.

  • Packman1053

    Sign him to another team friendly contract 3-5M with a lot of incentives that could increase the contract up to 6-7M. If he is looking for security add a team option for the next year. He has yet to prove himself on a consistent basis at the ML level, but I feel he could develop into a Scott Feldman type. Arrieta still has work to do with his command, but who knows what Theo and Jed have planned for this off-season.

  • Packman1053

    Sign him to another team friendly contract 3-5M with a lot of incentives that could increase the contract up to 6-7M. If he is looking for security add a team option for the next year. He has yet to prove himself on a consistent basis at the ML level, but I feel he could develop into a Scott Feldman type. Arrieta still has work to do with his command, but who knows what Theo and Jed have planned for this off-season.

  • Trade him to Miami for Stanton and a few pitching prospects.

  • Trade him to Miami for Stanton and a few pitching prospects.

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates lose, Cardinals lose, Reds win. The NL Central gets tighter.

    • PLCB3

      Nats only 4 games out. I really want to see the Nats overtake the Reds, play the Cardinals in the wild-card game, and then knock them out

      • Eddie Von White

        After they benched Strasburg last year because of innings, I do not wish to see the Nats go anywhere. That just bugs the crap out of me.

      • PLCB3

        How is it any different than us shutting down Samardzidja last year or the Marlins shutting down Fernandez this year?

      • Eddie Von White

        Not saying it isn’t. I hate the way they are wimping out MLB. Just man-up and play like a man until you can’t play anymore.

      • PLCB3

        We did that with Prior in 2003 and look what happened. It’s different for pitchers than it is for position players. I see nothing wrong with them shutting him down to protect him for the future. Last year was not a go for broke situation. The Nats will be perennial playoff contenders IMO.

      • Eddie Von White

        Prior should of been tougher.

      • PLCB3

        So if we were in playoff contention when we shut down Samardzidja, would you be having a cow like this?

      • Eddie Von White

        Probably not Samardzidja b/c he sucks at least 50% of the time. Travis Wood – yes. There are no guarantees you will be a contender next year. Just ask Giants.

      • PLCB3

        Well it’s different with Strasburg because he was coming off Tommy John Surgery. You’re going to risk destroying a pitcher’s career to win it all? You got to listen to what the doctors say

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        The Nationals could have done what the Braves did and skipped an occasional start for Strasburg. That way he would not have hit his innings limit as soon as he did.

      • PLCB3

        When did the Braves do this and who did they do this with?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I believe it was either Delgado, Minor or both that they did it with. The smart teams realize that when you are playing the Astros or some other bad team you can skip a start of one of your young or injured players to extend their season when they are on an innings limit. What the Nats did was just plain stupid.

      • Eddie Von White

        Probably not Samardzidja b/c he sucks at least 50% of the time. Travis Wood – yes. There are no guarantees you will be a contender next year. Just ask Giants.

      • AC0000000

        Well it’s different with Strasburg because he was coming off Tommy John Surgery. You’re going to risk destroying a pitcher’s career to win it all? You got to listen to what the doctors say

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        The Nationals could have done what the Braves did and skipped an occasional start for Strasburg. That way he would not have hit his innings limit as soon as he did.

      • AC0000000

        When did the Braves do this and who did they do this with?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I believe it was either Delgado, Minor or both that they did it with. The smart teams realize that when you are playing the Astros or some other bad team you can skip a start of one of your young or injured players to extend their season when they are on an innings limit. What the Nats did was just plain stupid.

      • Eddie Von White

        After they benched Strasburg last year because of innings, I do not wish to see the Nats go anywhere. That just bugs the crap out of me.

      • AC0000000

        How is it any different than us shutting down Samardzidja last year or the Marlins shutting down Fernandez this year?