Reds Notes: Corky Miller a Dragon, Scott Baker on the Table


Sep 27, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Scott Baker (25) delivers a pitch to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a quiet stretch for the Cincinnati Reds since the team acquired Marlon Byrd on New Year’s Eve, so we’ll take our nuggets where we can get them.  Today is a banner day as we have two Reds-related items to bite into.

First, Darren Wolfson tells us that the Reds are interested in free agent right-hander Scott Baker, and are talking to him about a minor league deal. Baker spent the first seven years of his Big League career as a starter with the Minnesota Twins before missing 2012 after Tommy John surgery.  He returned to pitch in three games for the Chicago White Sox in 2013 and spent 2014 as a spot-starter and bullpen arm for the Texas Rangers.   

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The Reds would likely be interested in adding Baker to their relief corps, which struggled to get the ball to closer Aroldis Chapman last season.

Meanwhile, FoxSports Ohio reports that former Reds catcher Corky Miller will join the Dayton Dragons coaching staff in 2015 and will also serve as a roving catching instructor throughout Cincinnati’s minor league system. A year ago at this time, Miller was preparing for yet another Reds Spring Training camp, though he ultimately ended up back in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats.

When Miller retired, the Bats did likewise with his jersey.

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