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Phillies Sign Baez for $5.25 Million

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, January 05, 2010 01:01 PM | Comments: 170
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Originally published on Dec. 31, 2009 @ 1:38 pm.

The “mystery reliever” has been revealed.  According to Jon Heyman (via Twitter), the Phillies are aggressively going after Danys Baez, and have agreed to sign the right-hander to a two-year deal.

The 32-year old had a 4.02 ERA in 71.2 innings with the Baltimore Orioles last year.

The Phillies also signed Tagg Bozied.  Bozied spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A club, where he batted .288 in 240 plate appearances.  Bozied, 30, is a corner outfielder and first baseman.

Bozied was a big-time power prospect for the San Diego Padres.  However, he tore a tendon in his knee while celebrating a walk-off home run in 2004.

UPDATE (1:03 pm 1/5/09): Baez has signed for $5.25 million over two years, according to multiple sources.  Not a bad figure for a decent relief pitcher.

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  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Hi Amanda. Happy New Year. Do you have a number on Baez? I’m very excited about the Bozied signing also.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Tagg Bozied might be the most bizarre name in sports.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    I hope it is no more than 2yr/5m.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 130 Amanda Orr

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    Hey Dipsy. Happy New Year to you, and everybody else!

    Years/Price? Nope, sorry I haven’t heard anything yet. Just that they’ve agreed to sign him. Once I hear, I’ll update it and let you know.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    Hey Dipsh*t you actually agree with something the FO did, I am shocked, it is a New Years Eve miracle.
    Is Bozied an outfielder or what

     
  • Posts: 130 Amanda Orr

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    Bozied is a corner Of/1b

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    thanks Amanda, I have do not follow other teams farms that well, have a hard time keeping up with the Phillies farm.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    shag beta smegma – Why are you such a strap?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 130 Amanda Orr

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    Still no word on the Baez contract, but he made over 7 million in 2009.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    because you are such an idiot, I can not help myself. To see that you actually like something the front office did amazes me, I thought for sure you would hate this signing, just like you hated the Raul deal, and the PP deal, and the Halladay/Lee deal, and pretty much everything they have done in the last two years. You are the poster child for JRoll’s comments about frontrunning fans

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Smegma-

    You’re such a strap beacuse I’m an idiot? Ummmm….OK. I don’t recall voicing a problem with the Ibanez deal or the Polanco deal. And I love the Halladay deal. The Lee deal, as we all know now, was an abomination, so I’m no different than anyone else. Sooooooooo….please try and be accurate before you bash. Thank you for your courtesies.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I do recall you saying they overpaid for Raul and he was not much of a defensive up grade over Pat around this time last year. And not everyone is as short sighted as you and others on here about the Lee deal that had to be done for the sake of the future of an affordable, competitive team past 2010. You want to win one year and then start over again cheer for the Marlins

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    They did overpay. You disagree?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Mark

    I watched Tag play in Portland and he was certainly a crowd favourite. What a bad break he had at the end of the 2004 season. I am glad to see him re surface.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    told you you had a problem with it, and no I do not think so as of now, if he was not hurt last year in the second half anyone would have a hard time saying they over paid him. And if he puts up similar numbers next year I would not say he was overpaid. And there is something to be said about getting a guy early and not waiting til the last minute to sign him, and if that 1 million more it is not a bad thing.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    My point is you seem to find some fault in every deal and criticize something about every move the FO makes, even though they have brought together 3 straight NL EAST titles, 2 Straight NL CHAMPIONSHIPS, back to back WS appearances, and ONE WFS. Along with a wonderful product on the field for next year and the years to come. And like some Phans it is not enough and you have to find fault or you feel you life is not compete

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    They overpaid. But its OK. Thats the guy they wanted. If you recall, last year around this time there were tons of guys out there and some had to settle for below market value because the free agent pool was oversaturated and everyone was all hype about the economy. I was one of the guys in the “wait until the end and get a good guy on the cheap” see: ABREU, Bob. I think the Phils overpaid but I didn’t think it was the end of the world. The reason I care is beacuse I know that if the Phils overpay in one area, they’re gonna tell you that they don’t have money left when its time to address another area. If the Phils weren’t on a “strict budget”, I could care less if they their players anything they wanted. I think they overpaid for Polanco, too.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    dipsy the raul signing this year will bite them in the ass, he will do nothing watch the league caught up to him in the second half. and his outfield play was bad too in the second half. baez and tag are low risk high reward guys no big deal. But anyone who says lee was a bad move is either a idiot or works for the phillies. a bad arm prospect with hip conditon, a low level a ball pitcher with a 5.30 era and a fast guy who a lot of scouts said the ground balls he hit to short and beat out in the california league wont happen when he goes to reading, his project numbers converted to clearwater was 270 hitter is that worth a true number one starter?????? only if you are a ass kissing employee of the phillies would you support that salary dump deal.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I am glad you have the crystal ball that can foresee the future of all baseball prospects MikeMike. I do not work for the Phillies PR department. So Raul’s injury had nothing to do with his poor second half, interesting. Again the short sightiness of guys like you who know everything about how a prospect is going to turn out. Check you almighty prospect list from 10 even five years ago, how many of the top 20 are All Stars? Check those list daily and they change with the wind. You will never know what these kids can do until they do it. Sorry I have a little more faith in the FO of this team who have been competitive for the last 5 years, more than in guys visiting blogs or talking on sprotscenter. I am not saying they are always wrong, but I would venture a guess that more often then not they are. There was a sprots Illustrated article on can’t miss pitchers over the last 40 years, and almost all of them missed.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Let’s have a reasonable debate here, people, and not a bunch of childish name calling and barely disguised swearing. This is supposed to be a civilized and intelligent site.

    I’ll wait on critiquing the Baez signing until I hear some dollar numbers. But I won’t be too disappointed if Baez signed high. Too many other relievers have already pushed prices up, and Baez is better than most of them.

    The other guy is a minor leaguer, and probably won’t be a factor yet.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Phils overpaid Raul and Polanco in $$$ and years. I can say that and be a huge Phillies fan. I wanted Kouzmanof so what do I know, LOL. Bozied out hit Lastings Mileadge in AAA and hit about the same as McCutchen so he has a nice stick. 8 errors though.

    I like the Baez signing if the price is right.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Why did the Phils have to give Baez a second guaranteed year? Is it written in Amaro’s contract that he has to give every single free agent one more year than anyone else is willing to offer? (Ibanez, Moyer, Polanco, Baez).

    Danys Baez should be given an invite to spring training somewhere and if he pitches well, he gets a 1 year deal. Giving him a 2 year deal is ludicrous.

    I didn’t say anything when Amaro gave 3 years to Polanco and then Derosa only gets a 2 year deal, but 2 guaranteed years for Danys freaking Baez? Who was Amaro bidding against for this crappy middle reliever?!?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    were doe sit say 2 year deal?

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Todd Zolecki on twitter said it’s a 2 year deal.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    The thing I don’t understand is that you can get a middle reliever from the minor leagues who makes league minimum and they will get you similar production to Baez for a lot less money.

    When you’re overpaying a million here and giving an extra year there, these things add up to the point where you have to dump Cliff Lee because of finances.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Rube isn’t effectively using the option year. Why not say something like if Baez pitches in 35+ games he gets a second year or something. SHould’ve been an option year with Moyer for sure. Same with Raul and Polanco in year 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 phil

    baez is a great set up man who had an off year in the best offensive division in baseball…just throwin in my 2 cents

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Baez’s ERAs the last four years: 4.53, 4.35, 5.40 and a nice 6.44 last year.

    Thank goodness we locked him up for 2 years!

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Whoops sorry, he actually had a 6.44 in ’08 and a 4.02 last year. He still sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    He did pitch in the AL East so those numbers better drop!!! 2 years, blows my mind… a bit. A million here and there and boom… you get up to $9MM… and we all know who costs $9MM! aaargghhh

    Just kidding.

    No, but seriously…

     
  • Posts: 0 Bill

    I am not sold on this signing. He is talent wise somewhere in between Park and Durbin. Since Park is not coming back I would call it a downgrade. While I know he can close games, he does not represent the significant upgrade the team needs in the pen. With Lidge and Romero’s health in question, they still need two more quality bullpen arms. Will Ruben Amaro come through or will the pen be an achilles heel again in 2010?

    http://www.phillysportscomplete.com

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Griffin: The way I see it, Amaro gives extra years only for players who are being pursued by others. The Cubs had a huge interest in Ibanez, and Moyer was being courted some by the Rockies. He was wise to lock up Polanco as the cheapest viable third base option even if the extra year didn’t appear to fans as being necessary–he certainly wasn’t going to get Beltre or Figgins cheap. And lets face it, with multi-year contracts going to every semi-decent, or even totally worthless, free agent reliever this year, he may have lost out on Baez without that second year.

    You may say that a minor leaguer could replace someone like Baez, but Escalona’s ERA was higher, and Bastardo’s was way higher. Neither of them have Baez’s MLB closing experience, either.

     
  • Posts: 0 william

    They say ” the proof is in the pudding” and someone said earlier 3 Div, 2NL champ, 1 WFS!! I guess the Phillies F.O. makes a good puddin!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    YOu dont even know the numbers yet and youre already all complaining….HAHA. hes a reliever, hell have another good year and now it will be here…

    Bastardo will be on the squad. Park is out. Baez upgrades over Condrey. They may sign a cheapo reliever, maybe a cheapo starter. but theyre mostly done I think.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    People around here expect every move to be an earthshaking deal and they STILL complain. You had an earthshaking deal. The rest of the moves have been solid, and they have improved the team ove last seaon NOTICEABLY.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    A significant upgrade will always cost significant dollars. Unless Lidge gives back his $11 million, the Phils can’t afford significant.

    Any year, there can be health issues. You can’t sign three or four closers just in case. We’ll just have to hope that this bullpen does its job, like they did in 2008. We’ll have to bear in mind that although Baez may not be the significant upgrade over Park, that Park didn’t even pitch for that great 2008 ‘pen.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    I still believe mathieson will make this team and help. i am more concern with the starters, all these moves mean nothing if Hamels doesnt come back, and moyer is a waste, happ is really unknown yet, so i really hope we get better pitching out of hamels and kenrick maybe

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    My point is that if you are going to sign mediocre middle relievers, sign them to 1 year deals. Amaro did a great job with Park last year, but giving Baez a 2 year deal when there are plenty of mediocrities left (Calero, Condrey, Tyler Walker and tons others) is just not good fiscal sense.

    With that said, I wish everyone here a healthy and happy New Year. Let’s go Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    I think people are just getting ready to hear Baez signing for 2yr/11m and then going nuts because we could have spent that money elsewhere, and you know where. And they would be right because Baez is NOT a significant upgrade over Bastardo/Escalona/Kendrick or whatever one year guy they can sign. What was Park last year, 1y/1m?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Only 5 hourse 46 minutes left to bitvh about the Lee deal, LOL. Baez is a nice pickup so lets just wait and see the $$$ damage.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    We can bit*h about the Lee deal as long as we want.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike

    I hear 2 years/11 million.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    LOL Manny!

    2 years 11 million is way over paying IMO. WOW that would suck.

     
  • Posts: 0 Biz

    Happ is unknown but kendrick isnt? Wtf?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    There’s no way the Lee deal was about money if they just spent 11 million on Baez.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Park got 2.5 million last year.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Here’s a crazy though. Just throwing it out there.

    Trade Blanton and Victorino for prospects. Should net what Lee did.
    Keep Lee.
    Sign Byrd for 5 million a year. Byrd hits in the 7 hole.
    Out about 1.5 million, but huge upgrade in the starting rotation, same prospects and a puch in CF or minor downgrade.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Wait a second, I just threw out 11m for the hell of it. I hope like thats not the contract. Thanks for the correction on Park. Guys on the internet are saying two years at around 6m. Who knows?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Denny Dennehey

    Baez could be a great signing. He has success as a closer and despite several bad years, he appears to have recovered from arm troubles last year. Also, he has serious strikeout stuff. I hope he is the answer to some of our bullpen needs and he could be just that if he returns to form. possible diamond in the rough.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    So was there some team out their willing entertain Park’s starter fantasy, or did we give up on him or did he sign as a reliever else where for mo’ money? I don’t know much about Baez, but if he had arm problems last year I hope we’re getting a discount.

     
 
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