Cubs Tender Everyone, Sign Jeff Baker

As noted in the comments, yesterday the Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year deal with Jeff Baker. The utility infielder will make $1.175 million next year. He mashes lefties, but you have to wonder whether Darwin Barney or (soon-to-be-lost) Marquez Smith couldn’t have handled the same duties for far less. Still, Baker is a decent bench player, so I am not going to complain.

Koyie Hill is another story. With the tender, the Cubs have four catchers on the 40-man roster (which stands at 39), and have left third base prospect Marquez Smith unprotected for the upcoming Rule Five Draft. I try to give the benefit of the doubt where due, but even if one of Robinson Chirinos or Welington Castillo is ticketed for an offseason trade, paying Koyie Hill $1 million to block the other one of those guys, and to take up a valuable roster spot is nothing short of organizational incompetence.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

3 responses to “Cubs Tender Everyone, Sign Jeff Baker”

  1. jonathan

    what are the chances of soto playing a little first base this season? it would make more sense to carry the extra cathers if thats the case.