Scratch off another long-shot to help the Yankees at third base.
Right-handed platoon player Jeff Baker has signed a two-year deal with the Mariners. Joel Sherman reports that Baker is getting $3.7 million.
Because of his power bat against left-handed pitching, and because he has experience at various positions — including second and third — Baker seemed like a potential fit for the Yankees, but his splits are extreme and the Yankees were not sold on his defense at third base. He’s ideally more of a corner outfielder or first baseman, which makes you wonder exactly how many corner outfielders and first basemen the Mariners are planning to use next season. They’re also reportedly in discussions with Nelson Cruz, and they already have Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero, Corey Hart and Logan Morrison.
UPDATE: Oops. Editing through tomorrow’s Pinch Hitter post and saw the news of the Baker signing. Thought I should throw something on the blog real quick, when what I should have done is read the difference between the word Marlins and Mariners.
Anyway, Baker signed with Florida, not Seattle. I am, as always, an idiot.