Baez Back In Baltimore?

According to's Alden Gonzalez, right-handed reliever Danys Baez is interested in returning to the Orioles.

It's not yet clear if the feeling is mutual.

The 32-year-old Baez posted a 4.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 40/22 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings this season.  He served as an effective workhorse for the O's and was especially dominant against right-handed hitters, holding them to a .197 batting average and .565 OPS.  He also had a robust 60.9% groundball rate.  Baez told the Baltimore Sun back in September that he hoped to resume his career on the East Coast:

"I'd like to stay in the East. I like pitching [in the division], and the East is more convenient for me and my family," said Baez, whose family lives in Miami. "I would love to be on a contending team and get into the playoffs. But I have to wait until the offseason and free agency and talk to my agent."

The Orioles signed Baez to a three-year, $16MM deal in November of 2006.  He will get another crack at free agency once the World Series concludes.

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