According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with veteran catcher John Baker on a minor-league deal. His deal also includes an invitation to big league spring training. Although the Mariners have not confirmed the deal, yet, Baker tweeted out a photo of himself in front of the Space Needle in Seattle.
catcher john baker signs minors deal with #mariners. gets spring invite. would seem to have chance to win backup job.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 28, 2015
— John Baker (@manbearwolf) January 28, 2015
The 34-year-old catcher will head to Seattle for a physical examination on Thursday. The deal won’t be completed and announced until after the examination is complete. Baker provides the Mariners with a veteran backstop on a 40-man roster that includes catchers Mike Zunino, who caught 131 games last season in his first full season as a starter, Jesus Sucre, who caught 29 games over the last two seasons, and John Hicks, who has only 28 games of experience at the Triple-A level after a midseason promotion to Tacoma last season.
In 208 plate appearances last season with the Chicago Cubs last season, Baker had a slash line of .192/.273/.231 with no home runs and 15 runs batted in over 68 games played. He also recorded a win in relief, as well as scoring the game-winning run in an extra-inning game against the Colorado Rockies on July 29th.
Over his seven-year major-league career, the California native has played for the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs. In 359 games played, Baker has a career slash line of .247/.330/.341 with 14 home runs and 120 runs batted in over 1228 plate appearances.