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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
13 193 1064.7 66 53 0 4.26 7.4
Birth Date9-19-1981
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age38 years, 0 months, 0 days
BatsR
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2005 MIN MLB 10 9 53.7 3 3 0 48 14 32 5 96 8.0 2.3 0.8 5.4 0% .259 1.16 3.84 3.35 112 5.86 126.1 -0.2
2006 MIN MLB 16 16 83.3 5 8 0 114 16 62 17 103 12.3 1.7 1.8 6.7 0% .348 1.56 5.03 6.37 103 5.62 114.5 0.2
2007 MIN MLB 24 23 143.7 9 9 0 162 29 102 15 94 10.1 1.8 0.9 6.4 0% .323 1.33 3.95 4.26 98 4.51 93.3 1.9
2008 MIN MLB 28 28 172.3 11 4 0 161 42 141 20 99 8.4 2.2 1.0 7.4 0% .284 1.18 3.81 3.45 98 4.28 91.3 2.4
2009 MIN MLB 33 33 200.0 15 9 0 190 48 162 28 104 8.6 2.2 1.3 7.3 0% .276 1.19 4.11 4.37 102 4.35 93.4 2.7
2010 MIN MLB 29 29 170.3 12 9 0 186 43 148 23 108 9.8 2.3 1.2 7.8 0% .323 1.34 3.92 4.49 99 4.80 108.4 0.9
2011 MIN MLB 23 21 134.7 8 6 0 126 32 123 15 104 8.4 2.1 1.0 8.2 0% .297 1.17 3.48 3.14 97 3.93 91.3 1.8
2013 CHN MLB 3 3 15.0 0 0 0 9 4 6 3 102 5.4 2.4 1.8 3.6 0% .136 0.87 5.62 3.60 130 5.46 130.7 -0.1
2014 TEX MLB 25 8 80.7 3 4 0 82 14 55 15 102 9.1 1.6 1.7 6.1 0% .272 1.19 4.81 5.47 131 6.93 169.9 -2.2
2015 LAN MLB 2 2 11.0 0 1 0 11 3 8 4 88 9.0 2.5 3.3 6.5 0% .233 1.27 7.25 5.73 104 4.55 106.4 0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2003 QUD A MDW 11 11 50.7 3 1 0 45 8 47 4 8.0 1.4 0.7 8.3 0% .287 1.05 2.92 2.49 0 0.00 0.0
2004 FTM A+ FSL 7 7 45.0 4 2 0 40 6 37 1 8.0 1.2 0.2 7.4 0% .291 1.02 2.27 2.40 0 0.00 0.0
2004 NBR AA EAS 10 10 70.3 5 3 0 44 13 72 2 5.6 1.7 0.3 9.2 0% .225 0.81 2.38 2.43 0 0.00 0.0
2004 ROC AAA INT 9 9 54.3 1 3 0 65 15 36 3 10.8 2.5 0.5 6.0 0% .339 1.47 3.69 4.97 0 0.00 0.0
2004 grc Wnt AFL 7 7 29.3 0 1 0 32 7 29 4 9.8 2.2 1.2 8.9 0% -.700 1.33 5.01 3.69 0 0.00 0.0
2005 MIN MLB AL 10 9 53.7 3 3 0 48 14 32 5 96 8.0 2.3 0.8 5.4 0% .259 1.16 3.84 3.35 112 5.86 126.1
2005 ROC AAA INT 22 22 134.7 5 8 0 123 26 107 15 92 8.2 1.7 1.0 7.1 0% -.697 1.11 3.79 3.01 95 3.79 74.7
2006 MIN MLB AL 16 16 83.3 5 8 0 114 16 62 17 103 12.3 1.7 1.8 6.7 0% .348 1.56 5.03 6.37 103 5.62 114.5
2006 ROC AAA INT 12 12 84.1 5 4 0 77 25 68 4 96 8.2 2.7 0.4 7.3 0% .291 1.21 3.11 2.68 92 3.81 80.0
2007 MIN MLB AL 24 23 143.7 9 9 0 162 29 102 15 94 10.1 1.8 0.9 6.4 0% .323 1.33 3.95 4.26 98 4.51 93.3
2007 ROC AAA INT 7 6 42.7 3 2 1 34 4 41 3 92 7.2 0.8 0.6 8.6 0% .274 0.89 2.51 3.16 69 2.91 59.7
2008 MIN MLB AL 28 28 172.3 11 4 0 161 42 141 20 99 8.4 2.2 1.0 7.4 0% .284 1.18 3.81 3.45 98 4.28 91.3
2008 FTM A+ FSL 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 7 0 4 0 97 12.6 0.0 0.0 7.2 0% .368 1.40 1.60 5.40 76 3.74 76.5
2009 MIN MLB AL 33 33 200.0 15 9 0 190 48 162 28 104 8.6 2.2 1.3 7.3 0% .276 1.19 4.11 4.37 102 4.35 93.4
2009 FTM A+ FSL 1 1 7.0 1 0 0 5 1 3 0 95 6.4 1.3 0.0 3.9 0% .263 0.86 2.76 1.29 99 4.08 85.8
2010 MIN MLB AL 29 29 170.3 12 9 0 186 43 148 23 108 9.8 2.3 1.2 7.8 0% .323 1.34 3.92 4.49 99 4.80 108.4
2011 MIN MLB AL 23 21 134.7 8 6 0 126 32 123 15 104 8.4 2.1 1.0 8.2 0% .297 1.17 3.48 3.14 97 3.93 91.3
2012 FTM A+ FSL 1 1 0.3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 102 54.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0% .667 6.00 3.39 54.00 100 5.82 121.3
2013 CHN MLB NL 3 3 15.0 0 0 0 9 4 6 3 102 5.4 2.4 1.8 3.6 0% .136 0.87 5.62 3.60 130 5.46 130.7
2013 KNC A MID 6 6 23.3 1 2 0 29 8 14 4 116 11.2 3.1 1.5 5.4 0% .325 1.59 5.39 6.17 119 5.83 126.7
2013 DAY A+ FSL 2 2 6.3 0 1 0 6 2 2 2 105 8.5 2.8 2.8 2.8 0% .200 1.26 7.66 2.84 133 4.46 97.0
2014 TEX MLB AL 25 8 80.7 3 4 0 82 14 55 15 102 9.1 1.6 1.7 6.1 0% .272 1.19 4.81 5.47 131 6.93 169.9
2014 ROU AAA PCL 6 6 38.0 4 1 0 35 11 30 5 96 8.3 2.6 1.2 7.1 0% .280 1.21 4.85 3.32 106 3.94 83.4
2015 LAN MLB NL 2 2 11.0 0 1 0 11 3 8 4 88 9.0 2.5 3.3 6.5 0% .233 1.27 7.25 5.73 104 4.55 106.4
2015 OKL AAA PCL 13 13 77.0 7 3 0 64 7 51 6 94 7.5 0.8 0.7 6.0 0% .251 0.92 3.63 3.39 92 2.37 52.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 2673 0.5425 0.5294 0.7922 0.6710 0.3614 0.8314 0.7059 0.2078
2009 3185 0.5331 0.5366 0.7934 0.7049 0.3443 0.8346 0.6973 0.2066
2010 2654 0.5381 0.5154 0.7851 0.6702 0.3352 0.8527 0.6277 0.2149
2011 2118 0.5496 0.5156 0.7775 0.6692 0.3281 0.8370 0.6294 0.2225
2013 200 0.5900 0.5600 0.8393 0.7034 0.3537 0.9036 0.6552 0.1607
2014 1178 0.5577 0.5297 0.8141 0.6971 0.3186 0.8755 0.6446 0.1859
2015 185 0.5297 0.5027 0.8387 0.7041 0.2759 0.8841 0.7083 0.1613
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-06 2014-09-27 DTD 21 19 Right Arm Tendonitis Triceps -
2013-03-31 2013-09-08 60-DL 161 141 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-04-17 -
2013-03-18 2013-03-31 Camp 13 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-04-17 -
2013-02-15 2013-03-17 Camp 30 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-04-17 -
2012-03-26 2012-10-04 60-DL 192 162 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-04-17 -
2012-03-15 2012-03-26 Camp 11 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2011-08-09 2011-09-20 15-DL 42 37 Right Elbow Strain Flexor -
2011-07-06 2011-07-23 15-DL 17 15 Right Elbow Strain Flexor - -
2011-05-27 2011-05-27 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Soreness -
2010-10-20 2010-10-20 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Debridement 2010-10-20
2010-09-03 2010-09-21 DTD 18 16 Right Elbow Soreness -
2009-03-28 2009-04-15 15-DL 18 9 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2008-05-04 2008-06-05 15-DL 32 30 Right Groin Strain -
2008-04-27 2008-05-03 DTD 6 4 Right Groin Strain -
2008-03-08 2008-03-25 Camp 17 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2007-09-23 2007-09-30 DTD 7 7 Right Hand Contusion Batted Ball -
2003-07-24 2003-08-04 Minors 11 0 - Groin Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 LAN $
2014 TEX $
2013 CHN $5,500,000
2012 MIN $6,500,000
2011 MIN $5,000,000
2010 MIN $3,000,000
2009 MIN $750,000
2008 MIN $422,500
2006 MIN $330,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$21,502,500
7 yrTotal$21,502,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 99 dAlan Nero1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 1/23/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. Released by NY Yankees 3/29/15. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 4/3/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by LA Dodgers 4/26/15. DFA by LA Dodgers 5/3/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/29/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May earn additional $3.5M in performance bonuses. Released by Seattle 3/24/14. Signed by Texas as a free agent 3/26/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster 5/1/14. Contract selected by Texas 5/7/14. DFA by Texas 5/8/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/11/14. Contract selected by Texas 5/14/14.
  • 1 year/$5.5M (2013). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 11/13/12. Performance bonuses: $0.15M each for 145, 150, 155, 160, 165, 170, 175, 180, 185, 190 innings pitched.
  • 4 years/$15.25M (2009-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed extension with Minnesota 3/7/09. 09:$0.75M, 10:$3M, 11:$5M, 12:$6.5M, 13:$9.25M club option. Minnesota declined $9.25M option for 2013 10/29/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4225M (2008). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/27/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 5/18/07.
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2006). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/06. Optioned to Triple-A 6/06. Recalled 7/06. Optioned to Triple-A 8/06. Recalled 9/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Minnesota 4/05. Recalled 7/05. Optioned to Triple-A 7/05. Recalled 8/05.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2003 (2-58) (Oklahoma State). $0.6M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Former decent starter Scott Baker tossed 11 frames for the Dodgers in 2015, simultaneously finishing one and two innings short of a Baker's dozen.
2015 In this installment of “Really, He's Still a Major-League Pitcher?” Baker made just three starts between 2012 and 2013 (mostly due to Tommy John surgery), but surfaced for the Rangers last season because, well, let's face it, who didn't? Baker stayed true to his Minnesota form by limiting walks and groundballs (he was one of only two pitchers with a fly-ball rate over 50 percent in at least 70 innings), but losing nearly two mph off his fastball really hurt his bottom line.
2014 The Cubs dropped $5.5 million on the pass line when they signed Baker prior to last season, hoping the former Twin would recover from Tommy John surgery quickly enough to be flippable for a choice prospect or two. The dice came up boxcars, however, as Baker didnt see a big-league mound until September and left his fastball velocity on the operating table. Baker was once stingy with ball four and sported a surprisingly robust strikeout rate, but has missed time in each of the past seven seasons and is on the wrong side of 30, clouding his future.
2013 For some reason, the Twins were never satisfied with Baker. He was somewhat fragile, but he was also a mid-rotation starter with good control who struck out plenty of hitters. Minnesota seemed annoyed in 2011 when Baker started to complain about his elbow. He finally had surgery to clean it out, and surgeons discovered a previously undiagnosed torn UCL. Oops. Baker underwent ligament replacement and missed all of 2012. He doesnt figure to be ready to pitch until May, but still represents a good value for Chicago, which signed him for just $5.5 million plus incentives. Best-case scenario, Baker is the sort of mid-rotation innings sponge the Cubs lacked last yearand a decent shot at that is well-worth the sticker price.
2012 Despite being one of the team's few starters who can miss bats reliably, Baker was forced to battle Kevin Slowey for the 2011 rotation's final spot. That he wound up the team's most valuable pitcher is both some amount of vindication and an indicator that things didn't go as planned for the Twins. Relative to 2010, Baker nudged his strikeout and walk rates in the right direction while getting better luck on both balls in play and home runs per fly ball; he also sequenced better, dropping from a .262/.313/.421 showing with men in scoring position to .196/.240/.304. Unfortunately, he served time on the DL for the fourth straight season; a flexor strain sent him out in early July, then recurred after he returned too soon. He threw just 24 innings in the second half. On the heels of post-2010 arthroscopic surgery, this is not a good sign. It's fair to wonder if a move to the bullpen is the only way to keep him healthy.
2011 The move from the Metrodome to Target Field benefited Baker as much as any Twins pitcher, since he was no longer hurt nearly as much by his habit of occasionally leaving a fastball up and out over the middle of the plate; balls that might have been punished in the Metrodome died in the new park's expansive gaps. His ERA at home was more than a run lower than on the road, in large part due to a home run rate that was about half what it was in foreign stadia. Baker was bothered last season by elbow tendinitis that required two cortisone shots, and although his fastball maintained its 91-mph average velocity, the pitch did not have the same bite. Fortunately, his curveball has become a weapon as he has matured and experimented with throwing it harder. Arthroscopic elbow surgery on his right elbow will, perhaps, restore the big express to its place in his arsenal.
2010 Baker's ERA was up by nearly a full run in 2009, but it was a strange occurrence, as his hit, walk, and strikeouts rates were nearly identical to 2008. His home-run rate was up a touch, but a lot of that came in the early going as he hurried back from a spring shoulder problem, allowing 14 taters in his first nine games. Most of his problems came with his runners on/off splits, as with the bases empty, batters hit just .233/.285/.377 against him, but that ratcheted up to .270/.304/.481 once ducks were on the pond. Looking forward, he probably isn't as good as he was in 2008, nor as bad as he was in 2009. The truth lies somewhere in between, and his $14.5 million cost over the next three years should be one of the Twins' best bargains.
2009 The closest thing the Twins have to an ace in the post-Johan era, Baker ended the year with a flourish, delivering a 2.77 ERA in his final ten starts. The only bump was a strained groin that cost him almost all of May. He boosted his strikeout rate in addition to delivering the solid control we've come to expect. Baker's predilection for allowing fly balls should be notedhe ranked seventh in the majors in lowest GB/FB ratio. Any change of environment, say, should Target Field prove to be windy fencewards when it opens in 2010, and Baker could look like a very different pitcher.
2008 The 2007 Twins featured a Buscher and a Baker, but no Candlestick-maker. Shame, that. A Brad Radke wannabe, Baker bounced back from a brutal 2006 to reclaim a rotation spot in May, keeping his home-run rate under control long enough to be an above-average starter and even throw a near no-hitter against the Royals. While he's prone to the occasional disastrous start, he'll be a roughly league-average third starter this year.
2007 This is not a case of how the mighty have fallen, but not so very long ago, Baker was one of the organization`s top pitching prospects. He`s now been passed by a pre-injury Francisco Liriano, Boof Bonser, and Matt Garza, and there are more arms coming through the system that will slide by him soon enough. As the numbers show, Baker throws strikes, just too many of them; he doesn`t have a strong enough repertoire to fool batters into chasing stuff outside the strike zone. The Twins were vocal in their frustration with Baker, and, despite some openings in the rotation, he`s low on the totem pole as far as getting a chance to fill them.
2005 The organization's pitcher of the year, Baker has the full four-pitch assortment: a low 90s sinker, a change, and both the curve and slider. He'll be taken seriously in the competition for the last spot in the rotation, but you can expect him to lose and start off in Rochester. The Twins might be cautious with him beyond the obvious reasons, in that as a 2003 pick, he doesn't need to be added to the 40-man until after this season.

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