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.

  • 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.

    • Ace

      It would make more sense to carry the extra; but no, I don’t think there are any plans to look at Soto at first.

      • Jeff

        I can’t see any team carrying more than two catchers for an extended period of time. I can’t believe they would leave Smith unprotected, surely if they were that hot for Koyie HIll they could have brought him back as a free agent without worrying about too much of a raise, a pretty big waste of a roster spot if you ask me. I guess we should be ready for Marquez to show up in Baltimore the next couple of years.