Paul Sullivan of Chicago Breaking Sports is reporting that the Cubs have signed Jeff Baker to a 1 year $1.175 million contract. In addition, the Cubs have offered Koyie Hill arbitration, meaning that neither player was non-tendered.
Thus, the Cubs now have 4 catchers on their 40-man roster, which is one too many. This makes me think that we may be seeing Texas' Chris Davis in a Cubs uniform soon.
With Geovany Soto returning to form and under team control for at least 3 more years, the Cubs may feel they can part with one of their catching prospects and trade either Welington Castillo or Robinson Chirinos to Texas for Davis.
It would be a deal from strength for both the Cubs and Texas, as Davis is blocked at first by Mitch Moreland. Given that Davis will only make a little over $400K next year, acquiring him would allow Jim Hendry more payroll flexibility to sign the starter and right handed reliever he covets.
The picture should become more clear during next week's Winter Meetings, but I have to believe the Cubs will not head into the 2011 season with 4 catchers on their roster.