Feb
04

Third base option off the board: Marlins sign Jeff Baker

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Via Joel Sherman: The Marlins have signed utility man Jeff Baker to a two-year contract worth $3.75M, plus incentives. The Yankees had interest in him earlier this offseason and he made a lot of sense as the right-handed half of a third base platoon. Asking him to play the hot corner everyday would have been a real stretch though. Baker signed a minor league deal last summer, so I’m guessing that two-year guarantee (plus the promise of lots of playing time) put the Marlins over the top.

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  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Hard to argue with an offer which probably included a thousand comped seats a night for friends, part-ownership, and a Chicken Kitchen franchise.

    • Wicomico Pinstripes

      Lets not forget the verbal no-trade clause.

  • AllyinCt

    Carumba! They might have given him ownership of a nearby Pollo Tropical too!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Chicken Kitchen > Pollo Tropical, even though the former has slipped mightily ever since going bigtime

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Immediately after signing his contract in front of the Miami media, Baker’s new Marlins’ jersey was stripped off his back and his cap was taken off his head by the Marlins’ manager. When asked what was going on, the Marlins’ GM simply replied, “You’ve been traded.”

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Tino Martinez emerges from the back of the room and puts Baker in a Full Nelson.

      I love Tino.

      • Havok9120

        He was my favorite player when I was a kid.

        • TWTR

          One of mine too, although I wasn’t a kid.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Goddam Marlins always get the good utility infielders… or something

  • Havok9120

    Bwuh??

    That contract.

  • FLYER7

    The second year was important for someone like Baker. Why should he have taken an invite to come to Tampa to win a roster spot with the Yankees?

  • ALZ

    He did good for himself. I really wouldn’t have gone that much for him, he is a corner infielder who can’t play vs rhp. He would have had to compete in ST for the Yankees.

  • Farewell Mo

    I think this calls for a Cashman failed

    Before I get attacked, I’m being facetious. He would have been nice platooning with Johnson but certainly not a must have.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Telegraphed it too much. Too much explanation as well.

      You just need to throw it out there and let the chips fall where they may.

      Next, here’s you use the little fork.

  • Derek Jeter

    NOOOOOO!!!! I’m no longer a Yankees fan! LOL, Jeff who?

    • The Great Gonzo

      The Great Jorge Steinbrennner said it best this morning when he said “As a rule, I don’t lose sleep over Jeff Baker”…

  • BronxBomber98

    Actually Johnson hits lefties better than righties. So if you want to platoon him, you need another left handed hitter.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Last 3 years vs. LHP (414 PA)
      231/291/342, 73 wRC+ (vs. RHP – 225/313/414, 98 wRC+)

      I’m not sure the fact that he was great against LHP in 2009-10 should influence platoon decisions for 2014.

  • Slugger27

    he blows

  • MartinRanger

    Just sign Drew. Promise him shortstop in 2015 onwards and stick him at second this season. Right now the only team besides Boston in on him seems to be the Mets.

    • MartinRanger

      I’d even go three or four years at this point.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Five.

        • Havok9120

          Do I hear six? Six, six, six, six…? SIX!

          Going once….GONE to the guy inexplicably wearing the giant Gonzo mask.

        • MartinRanger

          IF that’s what it took to land him, I’d do it, but I can’t see the Mets offering that much, and the Red Sox would be insane to do so with Bogaerts set to take over.

          Four years, 10-12 AAV? I feel like he’s not going to do any better, and boy would I feel better about the infield going forward with Drew. I guess they signed Brian Roberts, but I’m pretty sure they paid Randy Winn even more and dumped his ass in May.