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.