Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:16:54 -0800
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent OF Ryan Kalish (Red Sox) and C John Baker (Dodgers) to minor league deals with invites to spring training Friday, Dec. 13.
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:15:46 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed C John Baker off waivers from the San Diego Padres and have optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Tue, 28 May 2013 12:31:31 -0700
The San Diego Padres will send C John Baker to Triple-A Tucson to make room on the roster for C Yasmani Grandal Tuesday, May 28.
Fantasy Tip: It's justifiable to be skeptical that Grandal will put up similar numbers now that we know he was using PEDs. However, his track record in the minors speaks to his ability, and he should be given a shot in mixed leagues if your incumbent backstop has underwhelmed.
Mon, 27 May 2013 15:19:23 -0700
The San Diego Padres are expected to option C Nick Hundley or C John Baker to Triple-A Tucson when C Yasmani Grandal comes off the restricted list because the team likely will not keep three catchers.
Wed, 15 May 2013 14:49:11 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal will leave extended spring training and report to Triple-A Tucson Saturday, May 18, and he's eligible to come off the restricted list May 28 after being suspended for the first 50 games of the season. "He feels good, everything is solid, offensively and defensively," general manager Josh Byrnes said recently. "We will get him ready to play in those games and evaluate where he is and where our roster is." C John Baker is hitting only .115 and will likely be optioned to the minors to make room for Grandal.
Fantasy Tip: Grandal looked good in his major league audition last year, but the PED suspension makes us question how much of his production was actually real. It's unclear how much time he'll split with Nick Hundley, too. It's time to snatch him up in NL-only leagues if he's out there, but you can probably wait on him in mixed formats.
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:54:48 -0800
San Diego Padres C John Baker (wrist) was scratched from the starting lineup for the Cactus League spring game Tuesday, Feb. 26, due to a sore right wrist. It isn't too serious, though. "During the season, John would be playing," manager Bud Black said.
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:49:47 -0800
The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with C John Baker Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $930,000 deal.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:38:14 -0800
Seven San Diego Padres players were among the 133 that filed for salary arbitration this week. C John Baker, SS Everth Cabrera, 3B Chase Headley, and P's Luke Gregerson, Joe Thatcher, Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez filed. An eighth player, OF Will Venable, filed but settled with his team already. The Padres estimate their payroll will increase to $65 million with these arbitration filings.
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:51:21 -0800
The San Diego Padres did not offer P Juan Oramas a contract for the 2013 season, making him a free agent. Oramas is recovering from Tommy John surgery and would not have been available until the middle of the year. The Padres tendered contracts to 31 players, including arbitration-eligible OF Will Venable, SS Everth Cabrera, 3B Chase Headley, RP's Luke Gregerson and Joe Thatcher, SP's Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez, and C John Baker.
Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:05:00 -0800
San Diego Padres Cs Nick Hundley and John Baker are likely to head into next season as the starting catchers now that C Yasmani Grandal will have to serve a 50-game suspension from the start of the season. "We still have Hundley and Baker. We have decent coverage there," general manager Josh Byrnes said. "Hundley had knee surgery at the end of the year. He's feeling good. Hopefully he'll be full go in spring training."