Scott Baker SP TEX 21 Days

Rangers signed RHP Scott Baker to a minor league contract.

The deal was reported Wednesday, and it's now official after Baker passed a physical. The right-hander used an opt-out clause in his contract with the Mariners earlier this week and has landed with another club desperate for starting pitching. He'll begin the season in the minors but could get a shot quickly if he pitches well.

Scott Baker SP TEX 23 Days

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have signed right-hander Scott Baker, pending a physical.

It is expected to be a minor league deal. Baker was awful with the Mariners this spring, but the Rangers are in need of rotation depth. Still, we aren't optimistic about his chances for success in Texas' hitter-friendly ballpark.

Scott Baker SP TEX 24 Days

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirms that the Rangers are nearing a minor league deal with free agent right-hander Scott Baker.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish first reported that the two sides were "making progress" on a deal. Baker, who asked the Mariners for his release earlier this week, is expected to begin the season with Triple-A Round Rock. Given the issues in the Rangers' rotation, he could quickly receive an opportunity in the majors if he can prove his health and effectiveness.

Scott Baker SP TEX 24 Days

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Scott Baker is "making progress" on a contract with the Rangers.

He adds that a deal "could be completed soon." It's not clear whether Baker would receive a major or minor league contract, but the Rangers could certainly use some help in their rotation. Of course, Baker didn't look this spring like he was ready to help anyone, posting a 6.75 ERA and ugly 1/7 K/BB ratio over four Cactus League starts.

Scott Baker SP TEX 25 Days

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Scott Baker asked for and was granted his released from the Mariners.

Baker had a real chance to earn a spot in the Mariners' Opening Day rotation, but he fumbled the opportunity with a 6.75 ERA and ugly 1/7 K/BB ratio over four Cactus League starts. He's also yet to regain his pre-Tommy John surgery velocity, topping out around 90 mph. Despite this, the 32-year-old shouldn't have trouble catching on somewhere.

Scott Baker SP TEX 27 Days

Scott Baker walked six while allowing six runs over four innings Saturday.

Baker had been decent in his first eight innings this spring, but the right-hander didn't have anything going for him Saturday. Along with the six free passes, Baker allowed seven hits, including two home runs. Baker is in camp as a non-roster invite, and this beating could hurt his chances of breaking camp with the club.

Scott Baker SP TEX 1 Month

Scott Baker gave up five runs (two earned) over three innings in Tuesday's start against the Angels.

Baker gave up three unearned runs in the second inning, but he was certainly at fault after a throwing error put the leadoff man on base. Baker gave up consecutive RBI doubles to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. In his three frames, Baker allowed five hits and didn't record a strikeout or issue a walk.

Scott Baker SP TEX 1 Month

Scott Baker held the White Sox to one run in three innings of work in Thursday's start.

Baker, a non-roster invitee, is trying to bounce back from Tommy John surgery and contribute at the back of the Mariners' bullpen. He last reached the 10-start plateau in 2011, but he'll be a common mention among players who could bounce back this year.

Scott Baker SP TEX 2 Months

Scott Baker pitched two scoreless innings in Saturday's rain-shortened game against the Angels.

Baker gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one. With Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker ailing, Baker will be an important member of the Mariners' rotation this season, especially early. The right-hander make just three starts last season as he continued the comeback from Tommy John surgery.

Scott Baker SP TEX 2 Months

According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Scott Baker should make the Mariners rotation out of spring training as long as he's healthy.

The veteran right-hander is in camp as a non-roster invitee. Now two years removed from Tommy John surgery, he feels like he's back to his normal self and is ready to get his career back on track. He makes for a very interesting gamble in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.