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Cubs reach 1-year deal with former Twins RHP Baker

Updated: November 13, 2012, 5:06 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Scott Baker wants to establish that he can still be an effective pitcher after having elbow surgery, and he'll get his chance with the Chicago Cubs.

The 31-year-old righty agreed Tuesday to a one-year deal that guarantees him $5.5 million next season. He could earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses.

"I have every intention of being a competitive pitcher next year right away," he said.

Baker became a free agent after the Twins declined their $9.25 million ...

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