Phillies Sign Danys Baez

The Phillies signed reliever Danys Baez to a two-year, $5.25MM deal today.  SI's Jon Heyman first tweeted the agreement on Thursday of last week, while MLB.com's Todd Zolecki added the value today.

Baez, 32, posted a 5.0 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, and 4.02 ERA in 71.6 innings for the Orioles this year.  Among free agents with 50 innings, Baez ranked behind only non-tenders Brian Bass and Mike MacDougal in terms of groundball rate.  That makes him a good fit for Citizens Bank Park, though the multiyear commitment is questionable.  Regardless, it's not nearly as bad as the three-year, $19MM deal the Orioles gave Baez in November of '06.  In a September blog post, Stacey Long of Camden Chat reflected on that brutal $41.5MM commitment Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette made to Baez, Chad Bradford, and Jamie Walker

Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.



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