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January 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Mariners trade Carlos Peguero to the Royals, sign pitcher Scott Baker to a minor league deal

The Mariners have traded outfielder Carlos Peguero to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Peguero was designated for assignment on Jan. 16 to make room on the 40-man roster for free agent signing John Buck.

The 24-year-old outfielder is full of power potential, but never could find any sort of consistency, particularly at the big league level. In 65 big league games, Peguero had 219 plate appearances and hit .195 (40-for-205) with nine homers, 27 RBI and 84 RBI strikeouts.

Peguero was out of Triple A options and would have had to make the team out of spring training – an unlikely possibility. He would have likely been DFA’d. There is also the on-going situation with his Peguero’s wife, who has been charged with wire fraud for racking up over $150,000 in charges on credit card belonging to the wife of Felix Hernandez.

Meanwhile, the Mariners announced that they have signed veteran right-handed pitcher Scott Baker to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. This is a typical and good minor league signing that could pay some benefits if he is healthy. Baker is a No. 4 to No. 5 starter.

After missing 2012 and a large part of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Baker pitched in three games last year for the Chicago Cubs.

His best years came in Minnesota, where over a four-season stretch from 2008-2011 with the Twins, Baker combined to go 46-28 with a 3.92 ERA (295 ER, 677.1 IP) in 113 games/111 starts for the Twins.

This is a typical and logical low-risk signing. If healthy, Baker could make the team and serve as a No. 4 or 5 starter. It’s also more insurance in case James Paxton or Taijuan Walker were to struggle this spring or if Erasmo Ramirez were to get injured once again.

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