Mariners Sign Catcher John Baker to Minor League Deal

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(ISN) – SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencikannounced today the club has signed catcher John Baker to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training.

Baker, 34, appeared in 68 games for the Chicago Cubs last season as the backup catcher. He has played in 359 Major League games over seven seasons with the Florida/Miami Marlins (2008-2011), San Diego Padres (2012-13) and Cubs (2014). He was originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 4th round of the 2002 June Draft out of the University of California-Berkeley.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Peoria, AZ on Feb. 20 (physicals) and hold the first workout Feb. 21. Position players are scheduled to report for physicals Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 25.

The Mariners Spring Training roster is currently at 58 players (40 roster, 18 non-roster), including 27 pitchers (7 non-roster), 7 catchers (4 non-roster), 12 infielders (3 non-roster) and 12 outfielders (4 non-roster).

                                                 

BAKER’s PLAYING RECORD

 

YEAR CLUB AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
2002 Vancouver .235 39 115 15 27 35 5 0 1 13 0 0 7 22 37 2 0 .304 .389
2003 Kane County .309 82 304 42 94 139 23 2 6 49 0 4 10 47 77 1 0 .457 .414
  Midland .240 43 150 16 36 42 3 0 1 21 0 3 4 14 46 0 0 .280 .316
2004 Midland .280 117 439 67 123 210 32 5 15 78 0 5 17 37 94 1 2 .478 .355
  Sacramento .347 14 49 11 17 20 3 0 0 10 0 0 1 6 23 0 0 .408 .429
2005 Sacramento .234 103 346 43 81 126 24 3 5 41 7 0 4 30 90 1 0 .364 .303
2006 Sacramento .273 83 293 49 80 113 19 1 4 38 2 3 2 40 77 6 0 .386 .361
2007 Albuquerque .285 89 270 35 77 116 15 0 8 41 0 1 4 28 58 2 0 .430 .360
2008 Albuquerque .321 59 193 35 62 96 14 1 6 31 0 2 2 24 34 1 2 .497 .398
  FLORIDA .299 61 197 32 59 88 14 0 5 32 1 3 2 30 48 0 0 .447 .392
2009 FLORIDA .271 112 373 59 101 153 25 0 9 50 2 2 5 41 89 0 0 .410 .349
2010 FLORIDA .218 23 78 7 17 22 3 1 0 6 0 0 1 9 18 0 0 .282 .307
  Jupiter # .333 3 6 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .333 .500
2011 Jupiter # .286 12 28 8 8 14 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 10 8 0 0 .500 .487
  Jacksonville # .111 3 9 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .222 .200
  FLORIDA .154 16 13 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 .154 .267
2012 SAN DIEGO .238 63 193 17 46 54 8 0 0 14 1 0 0 20 41 2 1 .280 .310
2013 SAN DIEGO .150 16 40 0 6 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 12 0 0 .150 .261
  Tucson .231 4 13 2 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 5 0 0 .231 .375
  Albuquerque .203 40 133 14 27 40 1 0 4 17 0 2 0 18 33 0 1 .301 .294
2014 CHICAGO (NL) .192 68 182 9 35 42 7 0 0 15 3 2 2 19 58 0 0 .231 .273
Minor Lg Totals .272 691 2348 339 638 958 142 14 50 341 9 20 53 281 588 14 5 .408 .360
ML Totals .247 359 1076 124 266 367 57 1 14