Scott Baker opts out of deal with Mariners

The right-hander may draw interest from the Indians, Rangers, Royals and Braves.

Right-hander Scott Baker has decided to opt out of his contract with the Seattle Mariners and become a free agent, according to an industry source. Baker was in competition for a rotation spot, but will instead hit the open market in search of a job elsewhere.

Baker, 32, was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts during spring training after signing a minor league deal with the Mariners in late January. He had strong interest from the Indians, Rangers and Royals before signing with Seattle, so he could latch on with one of those teams in the next few days.

Another fit for Baker could be the Braves, who are known to be looking for starting pitching help after releasing Freddy Garcia this afternoon. Atlanta is reportedly interested in Aaron Harang, but could look at Baker as a more attractive alternative.

With Baker gone, pitchers Roenis Elias and Randy Wolf have likely been told that they will be on the Mariners' Opening Day roster.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker