• by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Report: Mariners plan to dump C John Baker off Tacoma roster

    The Mariners are set to release veteran catcher John Baker from their Triple-A roster to make room for Jesus Sucre, according to the Tacoma News Tribune, which further reports that nothing is official. The career of Baker has taken a decided downturn in recent years. He peaked with the Marlins in 2009, earning 373 at-bats with nine home runs and 50 RBI. But he batted under .200 in three of the last five seasons.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Mariners option Roenis Elias, reassign eight to minor-league camp

    The Mariners have optioned pitcher Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced Sunday. An earlier report Sunday said that the team was considering going with a six-man rotation, and it's possible that could still come to pass, with Elias making frequent trips to and from the active roster. For now, it appears Taijuan Walker will serve as the team's fifth starter. The Mariners also reassigned the following eight players to minor-league camp Sunday: catcher John Baker, outfielder Endy Chavez, infielders Shawn O'Malley and Carlos Rivero and pitchers Mark Lowe, Jordan Pries, Kevin Correia and Joe Saunders .

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Mariners sign catcher John Baker to minor-league contract

    The Mariners signed catcher John Baker to a minor-league contract Wednesday, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal includes an invite to spring training. Baker will be given an opportunity to compete for the backup catching position. In 2014, Baker hit .192 with no home runs and 15 RBI in 182 at-bats.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Cubs non-tender C John Baker, RP Wesley Wright

    The Cubs non-tendered catcher John Baker and left-handed pitcher Wesley Wright on Tuesday, making them free agents, per the Chicago Tribune. Baker batted .192 with 15 RBI over 182 at-bats. Wright posted a 3.17 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 48 1/3 innings of relief in 2014.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Report: Cubs to tender offers to 10 arbitration-eligible players

    The Cubs are expected to tender offers to the 10 arbitration-eligible players on their roster by Tuesday's deadline, according to MLB.com. The 10 players are Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta, John Baker, Welington Castillo, Chris Coghlan, Felix Doubront, Justin Ruggiano, Pedro Strop, Luis Valbuena and Wesley Wright.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    John Baker scored winning run after pitching

    Cubs catcher John Baker appeared in just one inning Tuesday against the Rockies, but played a big part in the 4-3 extra-inning win. Baker entered the game in the top of the 16th inning as a pitcher, the first time he has ever pitched as a professional. He got through the inning on 11 pitches, while walking one batter and allowing no runs, and then came to bat in the bottom half of the inning. Baker walked in his first plate appearance of the game, and came around to score the winning run as the Cubs rallied to bring him around. Baker has been mostly limited to part-time duty this season, and is hitting just .216/.308/.256 in 125 at-bats, with eight runs scored.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Cubs will continue to find starts for John Baker

    Cubs catcher John Baker caught 16 of 17 starts made by Jason Hammel before Hammel was dealt to the Athletics Saturday. Though most of Baker's starts came with Hammel on the mound, manager Rick Renteria said he still plans to find starts for the veteran catcher moving forward. "It's where we believe that the combination of both [Welington Castillo] and [Baker] fit," Renteria said, per MLB.com. "We obviously want both of them to be able to receive. We want [Castillo] to be in there. And with [Castillo] coming off of that DL stint, he's been playing pretty consistently. So we're trying to get him into shape. He's another guy who likes playing every single day, just as all those guys do. So we'll just work it through and see how it continues to develop."

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    John Baker drives in four Friday

    Cubs catcher John Baker drove in four runs Friday against the Nationals. Baker was perfect at the plate, going 3 for 3, and reaching in all four of his plate appearances. He singled in his first two at-bats, walked his third time up and then hit a bases-clearing double in his final at-bat. Baker scored one run and drove in four. He's hitting .186/.252/.216 over 97 at-bats.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    John Baker returns Friday

    Cubs catcher John Baker returned to the team's starting lineup Friday. Baker took a foul ball to the throat Wednesday, and did not play Thursday. The injury was not considered serious, and Baker will return to action Friday. He's hitting .143 over 56 at-bats.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    John Baker sidelined after taking ball to throat

    Cubs catcher John Baker , who took a foul ball to the throat Wednesday, is not in the Thursday lineup against the Mets. Eli Whiteside is set to start and will likely do so for the next two or three games, per the Chicago Sun-Times.