In 74 games with the Texas Rangers last season, Jeff Baker clobbered 11 home runs and drove in 21 RBI. In that short time, Baker batted .279/.360/.545 as well. Due to his bounce back season, Baker hit the market and found a solid deal with the Miami Marlins. Baker and the Marlins agreed to a two-year, $1.6 million deal last week.
Where does that place Baker in the Marlins’ roster?
Miami signed third baseman Casey McGehee from Japan to a one-year deal and signed Garrett Jones to a two-year deal, but both players have questions surrounding them. McGehee is going to try to assimilate back into the majors this year and Jones is going to be tested by left-handed pitcher, something he does not fare well against.
The Baker addition is extremely important to the Marlins and it puts a bit of pressure on McGehee and Jones. Baker is not going to be an everyday player, but could definitely see significant time between third base and first base if McGehee and Jones do not do well to start the season. The competition at both spots are going to be high.
Miami also has Greg Dobbs and Ty Wigginton, who could impact the competition for both spots. Miami has a lot of decisions to make. Baker is going to directly impact the way manager Mike Redmond fills out his lineup card Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies March 31.