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Cubs have no plans to start Baker

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07:20 AM ET 09.03 | Plan A for the Cubs was to have Scott Baker audition in September to show whether -- or how -- he might fit into the 2014 rotation. But those plans have apparently been scrapped as he continues his long road back from Tommy John surgery. Baker made his sixth rehab start on Monday with Class-A Kane County, throwing 80 pitches and allowing two runs in five innings, another small step after missing the entire 2012 season. "If anything right now -- if we do activate him up here -- it would just be as a long guy," manager Dale Sveum said at Wrigley Field. "There's no plans of doing any starting, unless there comes a point where we feel somebody needs a five-day break or something. Right now, that's all wait-and-see." Baker is guaranteed $5.5 million from this one-year deal.

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September 3, 2013  08:10 AM ET

He is still a bargin compared to Edwin Jackson. If he can just show up and get lit up a couple times this year, they'll probably sign him to the same deal next year.

September 3, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Only in America or maybe Chicago you can make that kind of money pitching in a place with maybe a thousand folks there and the field in shadows.

 
September 3, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Makes perfect sense. They don't seem to have a plan about anything else either.

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