Twins decline Baker's $9.25 million option

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2012 - 9:54 AM
hide

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan called pitcher Scott Baker with news that the team was declining the righthander's $9.25 million option for 2013, but that the team still would like to trt and re-sign him to an incentive-based deal.

Photo: Charles Krupa, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Scott Baker said he had a good conversation with Twins General Manager Terry Ryan on Monday, when he called with news that the team was declining the righthander's $9.25 million option for 2013.

"I think we've kind of known [the option] wasn't going to get picked up," Baker said in a telephone interview. "He was very nice letting me know they'd like to have me back."

Baker, who missed the 2012 season recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, is now a free agent and will be able to receive offers from other teams beginning at 11 p.m. Friday night. But the Twins are still very much in the running to re-sign him, with the sides working on an incentive-based deal.

"We're talking, and obviously I think there's a mutual feeling that I want to be back, and they want me back," Baker said. "But it has to make sense for both parties, and we're just not there yet.

"There's a lot to consider. I'll just say, we're not close, but we're definitely closer than when it started. I'm by no means discouraged by anything that's gone on so far. But at the same time, there are great teams and other possibilities out there."

Ryan called Monday's decision on Baker "a paper move."

"I don't think anybody expected us to pick up that option," Ryan said. "We certainly have the ability to talk to Scott and his agent right through the [free agency] period."

The Twins did not have to pay a buyout to get out of the option, which was part of the four-year, $15.25 million deal Baker signed in March 2009.

Baker is 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA since first joining the Twins in 2005. In 2011, he appeared to turn a corner and ranked among the best pitchers in the American League at 8-6 with a 2.86 ERA through the end of July, before coming down with arm trouble. He had Tommy John surgery on April 17 and has been very encouraged with his rehab.

"I'm just as strong, if not stronger, as I've ever been," he said.

Besides Baker, two other Twins players officially became free agents Monday following the completion of the World Series: righthanders Carl Pavano and Matt Capps.

Blackburn has surgery

Righthander Nick Blackburn had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow last Thursday, but the team expects him to be full strength for the start of spring training, Ryan said.

Blackburn, 30, was taken off the 40-man roster after going 4-9 with a 7.39 ERA in 19 starts this year. He will be in big league camp next spring as a minor league invitee, as he is under contract for $5.5 million in 2013.

Walters re-signs

The Twins re-signed righthander P.J. Walters to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Walters, 27, began his Twins career with four quality starts in May but came down with a right shoulder injury that cost him nearly three months. He finished the season 2-5 with a 5.69 ERA.

Gibson roughed up

Kyle Gibson went 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his first three Arizona Fall League starts, but Monday wasn't nearly as smooth. The righthander gave up six runs on eight hits over two innings, with one walk and one strikeout, raising his ERA to 4.20. Gibson, who had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 7, 2011, threw 28 of his 50 pitches for strikes.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota000000000040
Detroit «00100002X340
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:D.Price(15-12) L:K.Gibson(13-12) S:J.Nathan (35)
HR: MIN- None DET- I.Kinsler (17)

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - M. Bumgarner 7:07 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Carolina 6:00 PM
Columbus
Pittsburgh 6:30 PM
Detroit
Montreal 7:30 PM
Chicago
Arizona 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Is Paul Molitor the best choice to manage Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close