John Baker C SEA 1 Month

Baker signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on Tuesday, and received an invite to spring training, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

There is no reason the 34-year-old catcher cannot win the backup job behind Mike Zunino in Seattle, as they could value his veteran presence. However, Baker hit .192 with zero home runs and zero steals in 208 plate appearances last year with the Cubs. If he didn't bring excellent qualities in the clubhouse and working with young pitchers, he would have been out of the big leagues years ago.

John Baker C SEA 3 Months

The Cubs declined to tender Baker to a contract, the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer reports.

Baker posted a negative-1 WAR in 2014 despite playing in just 68 games. In 208 plate appearances he slashed .192/.273/.231 with zero home runs and zero steals, making him completely useless in fantasy leagues, and in the Cubs' estimation, he was similarly expendable as the backup catcher.

John Baker C SEA 6 Months

Baker went 0-for-4 during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader with St. Louis.

Baker is hitting just .121 in 33 at-bats in August. The 33-year-old veteran could be nearing the end of the line.

John Baker C SEA 8 Months

John Baker had two hits and two walks in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

The catcher reached base in all four plate appearances, pulling his line up to .200/.280/.229 for the year. He remains a part-time player for the Cubs and not worthy of fantasy ownership.

John Baker C SEA 8 Months

John Baker had monster day at the plate on Friday, going 3-for-3 and driving home four runs as he led the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Nationals.

Baker got the Cubs on the board with an RBI single in the second inning, then put the game out of reach with a three-run double in the seventh. He also drew a walk, reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances. Despite the strong day though, he still owns a disappointing .186/.252/.216 slash line on the season.

John Baker C SEA 9 Months

John Baker returned to action on Friday June 6.

John Baker C SEA 9 Months

John Baker (throat) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Mets.

Baker was hit in the throat with a foul ball on Wednesday and is dealing with some soreness. It's unclear if he'll be available off the bench. Eli Whiteside will start behind the plate while Luis Valbuena will serve as the emergency catcher.

John Baker C SEA 11 Months

Cubs purchased the contract of C John Baker from Triple-A Iowa.

Baker will serve as the backup catcher behind Welington Castillo. He beat out Eli Whiteside for the job.

John Baker C SEA 11 Months

John Baker has won a spot on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

The Cubs released George Kottaras on Wednesday, so Baker will serve as a backup to Welington Castillo. He ultimately won the gig over Eli Whiteside, who will provide depth at Triple-A

John Baker C SEA Sep 23 '79

Cubs signed C John Baker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Baker batted just .150/.261/.150 in 46 plate appearances this past summer with the Padres. It's a depth signing for the Cubs, who also have Welington Castillo, George Kottaras and Eli Whiteside at catcher.