Despite several reports throughout the offseason linking him to the Nationals, veteran infielder Jeff Baker has opted to sign a two-year deal with the Miami Marlins. Baker will make $3.7 million according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The Nationals were linked to Baker back in December and again in late January with the intention of upgrading their bench. Right now they have Tyler Moore as their backup first baseman.
Baker played with the Texas Rangers in 2013, holding a .279 average across 74 games with 11 home runs. He also posted a .905 OPS and .545 slugging percentage.
The 32-year-old was said to be choosing between the Nationals and Marlins in the weeks before he signed. After playing with four teams over the last two seasons, perhaps a multi-year contract was too good to pass up. The Marlins can also afford Baker more playing time.
Moore's role on the bench appears set for now. The 27-year-old struggled last season with a .222 average, but was excellent in 2012 with a .263/.327/.513 slash and 10 home runs.