The Miami Marlins made another solid move to improve their ballclub on Tuesday, adding Jeff Baker to the mix. Baker will likely platoon with Garrett Jones at first and give depth at second and third behind Rafael Furcal and Casey McGehee. Baker also has a ton of outfield experience, so he could be an option to spell one of the Marlins outfielders out there.
The early consensus has been that the Baker signing likely means that Ed Lucas will be out of a roster spot. In my opinion, Lucas should still be very alive for a roster spot. Keeping Baker as the 5th outfielder makes more sense to me than adding someone like Reed Johnson, whom the Marlins also recently signed to a minor league deal.
If I were the Marlins, this is what my bench would look like on Opening Day:
- Brian Bugosevic, OF
- Jeff Baker, IF/OF
- Ed Lucas, IF
- Jeff Mathis, C
- Greg Dobbs, IF (Sorry guys, he’s not going anywhere)
This bench would give the Marlins with plenty of flexibility and give manager Mike Redmond a decent platooning bench and strong pinch hitters.
Here are some reactions from around the web on the Jeff Baker signing:
Marlins land versatile Baker on two-year deal | Sun-Sentinel
Well traveled utility man Jeff Baker agreed to terms with the Miami Marlins on a two-year, $3.7 million contract.
The Miami Marlins chose to bolster their bench for the next two years by picking up utility man Jeff Baker to a two-year deal worth $3.7 million.
The Miami Marlins didn’t hide their desire to sign Jeff Baker this offseason and after a hefty coveting, the Marlins have their man.
Miami Marlins add veteran infielder Jeff Baker | Miami Herald
Baker provides the Marlins with depth off the bench and could be platooned at first base with Garrett Jones, who struggles against left-handers. Baker hit .314 with 10 home runs against southpaws last season for the Texas Rangers.
The contract agreement calls for Baker to receive $1.6 million this season and $2.1 million in 2015. The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reported that the agreement calls for Baker to earn an additional $500,000 per season in bonus incentives.
Marlins land platoon option, bat off bench in Baker | Marlins News
The Marlins agreed to terms Tuesday on a two-year contract with infielder Jeff Baker, who bolsters the club’s depth and offers a potential platoon option at first base.
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. In June of 2003 I left my parents’ home in South Florida and moved to Orlando for school. I had no friends, no job, and no family in Orlando. Over the next few months I went to school, made some friends, and got a job that I’m still at to this day.
With the Super Bowl over, it is full speed to spring training for the Miami Marlins. For today’s preview, we will take a look at an exciting young player that the Marlins have high expectations for, Christian Yelich. Yelich is capable of playing any outfield position, but figures to be predominately in left field for the Fish.
With many teams pursuing Jeff Baker, it was reasonable to think that the Marlins were a long shot to sign the versatile player. After all, most players aren’t knocking down the door to play for Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins.
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