Scott Baker took the mound today for the Twins and went four innings while allowing one run. Twins fans could be seeing much of the same for the next five years as the team has just announced a four-year deal with the team's Opening Day starter.
Last season Baker went 11-4 after starting the season off slow due to an injury. Baker posted a 3.45 ERA and earned the number one spot in the rotation.
The deal is a four-year pact worth $15.25 million. The contract averages out to $3.8125 million per season. It makes sense for both sides; Baker will finally make true major league money, and the Twins have one of their top starters locked up for the long term.
In addition to the four-year deal, the agreement includes an option for a fifth year at a reported $9.25 million (although it isn't know if it's a player or team option).