So…is right-hander Scott Baker the veteran starting pitcher the Mariners have been seeking to slot in the middle of their rotation?
The Mariners reached agreement Wednesday with Baker, 32, on a minor-league deal that pays him $1 million if he makes the big-league roster. Performance bonuses could add another $3.25 million.
The deal was first reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
The Mariners also traded outfielder Carlos Peguero to Kansas City for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Peguero, 24, was designated for assignment Jan. 16 to clear roster space when the club signed catcher John Buck.
Baker was 63-48 with a 4.14 ERA in 166 games for Minnesota from 2005-11 before missing the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament. He spent last season in the Chicago Cubs’ organization, where he made 11 starts — including three in the big leagues.
The Mariners targeted a veteran starting pitcher this offseason to fill the No. 3 slot in their rotation behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. Rookies Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and others are expected to compete for the final two rotation spots.
Peguero spent most of last season at Class AAA Tacoma, where he batted .260 with 19 homers and 83 RBIs in 118 games. He appeared in 65 big-league games (batting .195 with nine homers and 27 RBIs) from 2011-13.