|1B/OF Jeff Baker: Signed to minor league deal|
by Jason Cole of FutureRangers.com, January 27, 2013 at 10:14 pm ET
Jeff Baker Profile
According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Rangers have signed utility-man Jeff Baker to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp.
Baker, 31, has logged major league time in each of the last eight seasons, appearing in 543 career games and posting a .266/.316/.428 slash line. The right-handed hitter scuffled with three teams last season (Cubs, Tigers, Braves), however, hitting just .239/.279/.378 with 12 doubles, a triple, and four home runs in 83 contests.
A versatile player often used off the bench during his career, Baker saw action at first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field last season.
Baker will vie for a bench job on the big league club this spring but may be somewhat of a long shot to crack the opening-day roster. If Baker doesn't make the team, he'll begin the year at Triple-A Round Rock.