Jeff Baker to the Miami Marlins

Ronald Martinez

Jeff Baker has reportedly agreed to a two year deal with the Miami Marlins

Jeff Baker, the utility man who spent the 2013 season with the Texas Rangers, has reportedly agreed to a two year deal with the Miami Marlins, apparently worth $3.7 million plus incentives.

Baker made the Rangers last year after coming to camp on a minor league contract.  He started against most lefthanders, and got off to a great start to the season.  However, Baker struggled after a high five gone wrong sprained his thumb and landed him on the disabled list -- he had a 700 OPS after being activated from the d.l.

The Rangers had interest in bringing Baker back, but I suspect they weren't interested in going multiple years on a bench player who looked like he was finished as a major leaguer a couple of years ago.  The Rangers will no doubt continue to hunt for a righthanded bat who can DH and provide some value off the bench.

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