Chris Cotillo of SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish was among the first to announce the news before the club made the deal official.
The 25-year-old Baker has posted a 12-11 record with a 3.58 ERA in 65 career minor league games—48 starts—over five seasons with the Cleveland Indians organization. In 241-2/3 career innings, he has held hitters to a .236 batting average while striking out 213 batters against just 98 walks.
In 2017, Baker made 13 relief appearances with Double-A Akron, going 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 12-2/3 innings, striking out 10 batters against just one walk. He also appeared in four games with the Rookie-level AZL Indians going 1-0 and allowed one earned run over four innings. Baker was claimed off waivers on November 27, 2017 by Milwaukee.
Baker missed much of the 2014 season after suffering a broken fibula when struck by a line drive in spring training. In 2015, he underwent Tommy John surgery and would not pitch again for more than two years. He endured complications from the initial surgery which required two additional procedures, forcing him to sit out the entire 2016 season.
The Roseburg, Oregon native was originally selected by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB draft out of Western Nevada College.
Baker features a fastball, a slider and a change in his repertoire, and was clocked as high as 99 MPH last season at Akron. According to Baseball Prospectus, “he has more than enough talent to be a legitimate late-inning, major-league reliever.”
With the move, the Dodgers now have 40 players on the club’s 40-man roster.
(Dai Sugiura provided some information furnished in this report)