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Cubs add former catcher John Baker to front office

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Cubs add former catcher John Baker to front office

John Baker is joining the Cubs as a baseball operations assistant.

The organization announced the move Thursday evening.

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Baker served as a backup catcher on the Cubs in 2014, the final season of his 14-year professional playing career.

Baker - who will be 35 in January - hit .192 with a .504 OPS with the Cubs in 2014, but served as a leader in the clubhouse and provided entertainment throughout the season from his pitching outing in the 16th inning of a game to playing guitar in the dugout during rain delays:

 

 

The Cubs state Baker will assist with the baseball operations department, including player development and scouting. He will focus on catching and mental skills.

Baker will work with minor league players on and off the field and also help the Cubs front office out prior to the MLB Draft.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.