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Updated: October 29th, 2012 5:47pm
Twins decline to pick up option on Scott Baker's contract for 2013

Twins decline to pick up option on Scott Baker's contract for 2013

by Judd Zulgad
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Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan has expressed an interest in retaining the services of righthanded pitcher Scott Baker but it won't be under his current contract.

The Twins announced Monday evening that they will not pick up their $9.25 million option on Baker's contract for 2013, meaning he will hit the open market when free agency begins at 11 p.m. (Cental time) on Friday.

The 31-year-old Baker did not pitch in 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

In seven years with the Twins, Baker has a 63-48 record with a 4.15 earned-run average. He posted double-digit victories from 2008 through 2010, winning a career-high 15 games in 2009.

The Twins signed him to a $15.25 million, four-year contract before that season. The deal included the option for 2013 that came with no buyout.

The Twins also announced they have agreed to terms with righthanded pitcher P.J. Walters on a minor league deal with an invitation to the big-league spring training camp. Walters went 2-5 in 12 starts with a 5.69 ERA for the Twins this season.

Walters missed substantial time on the disabled list this summer because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Scott Baker, P.J. Walters