The Mariners filled their need for a veteran backup catcher Wednesday by reaching agreement with John Baker on a minor-league deal, pending a physical examination.
The contract, which likely includes an invitation to big-league camp, should become official by the end of the week.
Baker, 34, alerted his twitter followers to his new deal early Wednesday by announcing “Next chapter begins. @Mariners.”
The pending agreement fills the club’s desire to acquire a veteran with proven catch-and-throw skills as organizational depth.
Baker will likely battle Jesus Sucre for duty as Mike Zunino’s backup on the big-league roster. That loser figures …