The Chicago Cub named their backup catcher to Welington Castillo on Wednesday.
The Cubs acquired Kottaras in a trade with the Kansas City Royals during the off-season. Baker, entered Spring Training with the Cubs as a non-roster invitee. Baker clearly was the better of the two veteran catchers during Spring Training and that was the basis for the decision.
“Baker really worked hard this spring and I kind of think he just earned a spot,” Renteria said after the moves. -Rick Renteria, ESPN Chicago
With the San Diego Padres last season, Baker appeared in 16 games making 46 plate appearances. Baker hit .150/.261/.150 last season with the Padres in 2013.