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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 j reed

    If they spent 11 million on Baez we could bring in the New Year with a riot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Wouldn’t you all rather have Scott Eyre for 1 year and $3/$4 million?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I have no idea why they won;t sign Eyre for 1 year 2.5-3 million. Eyre would do it, but Phils only offerred a minor league deal.

    2/6 is more realistic.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Baez isn’t bad, but the D-backs just signed Howry for 1 year 2.25 million with a 3 million club option for 2011. I’d take that over Baez 2.6, wouldn’t you?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    2.6 = 2/6.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Joe – I think because Eyre is a “situational lefty” who, while he pitched well for the Phils, has not had a star studded career. That said, I would rather give 2/6 to Baez. He can pitch more innings. I think the Phils will still sign Eyre for less and for one year, unless another team steps up. I would like our bullpen then if J.C. pans out.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    The Dipsy,

    Wouldn’t you take Howry for one year 2.25 with an option over Baez 2/6?

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    I’d be hesitant to sign Eyre, too. He’s a situational lefty, nearing 40 years old, and just had elbow surgery. $2.5 million would be too much.

    I haven’t seen anything about the Baez signing except that it was for two years. Therefore, I can’t say he was overpaid.

    Howry might have been fine, but if he required an option year from Arizona, the Phils would have had to beat that offer either with initial pay or a second year guarantee. I’m not sure he’d have been worth it.

    I really don’t think the bullpen will be a major issue now with Baez on board. Last year’s call-ups, Escalona and Bastardo, also now have some ML experience. I worry about the fifth starter. Moyer still needs knee surgery, and at his age, will probably require a six week recovery or more. He’s no lock to start the season healthy. Kendrick, though healthy, is a bit of an unknown. The only other options are still getting their lumps in Lehigh Valley or Reading. I hope there’s enough money left for another major league experienced arm.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chris.I

    Baez isn’t a bad pickup at all, but honestly I agree it is downgrading significally from Park. I can’t see Baez’s contract being anywhere over 6 Mil for 2 years.

    What is the deal with people talking about these crazy Victorino trades? It makes me sick just listening to such idiotic gestures.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Great so Moyer is close to 50 and needs knee surgery after sportmans hernia surgery. If that’s not a sunk cost….What about Pinero or does that bust the budget which is already busted. Other than his “I’m a starter” fanatsy, is Park asking too much. What’s going on with him? Or does signing Baez mean Park aint gonna happen?

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    The Baez signing I understand, but what do the Phillies expect to get out of a 30 year old Tagg Bozied who has never tasted the majors before? His minor league numbers are pretty damn solid though…so I wonder what the Phillies are up to.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Tagg Bozied sounds like a Stars Wars character

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    actually, yeah it kinda does!

    Like the name of one of the Jedi Master’s or something, only that this guy is apparently not even a full Jedi yet, but a very old Padawan!

    That said…I think Bozied could be another surprise story waiting to happen.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    I was thinking more like a shady cargo hauler who works out of Mos Eisely.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    tagg was signed to hit behind brown in triple a and to be a call up if they need him off the bench

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    I would be interested to see how Tagg does in the majors, so maybe he’ll get his chance pretty soon.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Chris,

    Why is it idiotic to consider trading a Victorino? He’s going to hit 7th in the lineup and he’s gone after 2010. I’d trade that to keep a Cy young pitcher any day.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    You are right Joe. Look at it this way. Both Lee and Vic walk after this year. So who do you wanna keep for the season? Lee makes 9m and Vic probably will make 5.5m after arb. Keep Lee. I think that Vic could bring you a blue chipper and a guy with a shot. That would be fine by me. Capable free agent outfielders are a dime a dozen. So you sign one. I love Vic but what would have made more sense?

    The Dispy

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Dipsy,

    Absolutely. You wouldn’t need Blanton if you keep Lee either so Vic + Blanton saves you 4.5 mil to get another OF or a reliver and you have Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Happ and whoever. Vic was much more important in the 2 hole, but Polanco will be there so his value decereases, IMO.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Wow the Lee talk continues… “It’s like the Soprano’s, it’s over, find a new show”…
    It really wasn’t ‘that’ bad a deal, no team in the modern era has been to three straight WS except the Yanks late 90s mega-team. It’s going to be near impossible for this team to replicate that but with a smart front office they can replicate and maybe surpass what the 90′s/00′s Braves did.

    I like Danny Baez I have to admit but I’m so sick of the relying on free agency every year to patch a hole in the bullpen instead of making minor additions. We’ve come a long way from the days of guys like Rick White but this is getting tedious now. I’ve constantly touted or front offices development of our minor league system but there has been too many names there to accept just two prospects could stick in Matheison and Zagurski both who’ve spent entire years out. If this team is set on making every back of the rotation viable prospect a starter we better get finding our own Moylan and Balfour’s instead of chewing up salary in free agency. It’s getting tiring and there’s too many guys who’ve been injured or have pitching a lot of games in our pen to not start getting young guys up to help share the load.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Well, NJ – I’ll take the counterpoint. Firstly, do the 72-74 A’s count as “modern era”. Wow…what a team. I think that if you have a team poised on the brink of a third WS that this is exactly the move you make. Baez (lets all call him Danny, please) makes sense because he is a good bullpen arm, who can pitch multiple innings and, most importantly, can fill in for Lidge if he blows up again. He’s got closer experience and I think Ruben wants him as a hedge. There is currently no one in our system who can fill that role. So, in that sense I thinks its a good sign if its 2y/6m. AND, as a bonus, we probably won’t be bitching next year that we’re stuck with him. I think Eyre will come back, too. Come on. Who is he kidding. But…the Phils could at least not insult him and offer him a major league contract. Now, offering Durbin arbitration was unnecessary. I like Bastardo, Escalona, Kendrick, and maybe Mathieson to round out the pen. Is it New Years there yet?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    I wouldn’t qualify that A’s team because it preceded free agency. (How much of a black mark is it on baseball history that the A’s have been one of the most successful teams when they can barely draw a crowd…)

    My point with Lee is I see this team being good for a decade with the stars still being around (give or take) with an infusion of role and everyday guys from the system and other players being brought in via other routes. I wish we had kept Lee I really do, but I understand the move and think what is being said about the prospects acquired was the same things being said about Drabek, guys like Michael Bourn and I want to see 5-10 prospects start becoming role players on this team over the next 2+ years in the same way teams like the BoSox and Angels have developed some of their prospects into viable major league players and in some cases stars. I don’t believe in baptism of fire for baseball prospects and I think the attitude inside Philly can be counterproductive because this is the most intense sports town in the US.

    As I said I like Baez I really do I’m just saddened by the fact I see so many major league teams grooming prospect arms in middle relief (not talking the Feliz’s and Bard’s) with some kind of consistency. As much as I love what this team is doing it doesn’t have a commitment to giving young players more than a cup of coffee to prove they can stick at the major league level. I understand why we can’t bring these guys up to fill the roles created right now but I want to see Amaro commit to slotting some of these guys in at the bottom of the roster. Don’t care how un-sexy names like Carpenter, Naylor and Savery are, some of these guys are going to be major league players at some point in their career at the very least and our bullpen year on year as good as it is ends a season looking like the social room for a retirement community.

    On Durbin I think he can be a very decent arm but he needs the support to work in a crew rather as a primary reliver like in ’08 when he was incredibly overused (what did we expect from guys like him and Hamels last year after thing innings they threw in ’08). Charlie is HORRIBLE at managing a bullpen and he rides the viable middle relievers into the ground. I agree It is ridiculous how Eyre has been treated, with his elbow looking like Mike Lieberthal’s knees he was still one of the best LOOGY’s in the game and more last season and almost saved us in the WS.

     
  • Posts: 0 mike mike

    I have never seen baez pitch, but his numbers aren’t bad , relief pitcher era i dont go by because i or two bad outing and they it could take a long time to get it down. if you come in and give up 5 runs in less than a inning you need 9 innings or 9 one inning appearance to get it down to 5 runs a game , guys like this had one stretch of 9 appearance without giving up a run good number against right handers, but never saw him so only going by what i could read.

     
  • Posts: 0 mike mike

    Nj the phillies as you know i will attack. when they are wrong, but they have address the bullpen issues in the draft, two kids you can follow are swimmer and rosenberg both college relief pitchers who arent that far away, mathieson is a stud if he is healthy which it looks like he is especially after the arizona fall appearances, bastardo is a relief pitcher too so they are trying to correct the problem of not addressing relief pitchers in the draft. I believe one of the issue they see is relief pitchers are getting paid big dollars and demanding longer years, which is a bad thing for teams on limited budjects to have to take, make a mistake on a billy wagner and be a middle of the road budjected team and it kills you.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    It’s about prospects! Dave Cameron co- founder of Fangraphs said of these prospects:
    “The Cliff Lee to Seattle portion of this trade just seems very light in return for the Phillies. They’re getting two power arms with a lot of questions marks and a speedy center fielder without a lot of power. None of these guys are top tier prospects. This is the best Philadelphia could have gotten for Lee? Really? A pu-pu platter of interesting, high-risk guys not really close to the majors for a Cy Young-quality pitcher who is already well on his way to Type A free agency?”
    I know what Indians fans felt like. At least if you get a top prospect you have a tradeable chip. Outside of the context of the trade, these guys don’t get you much but hope. They only have value as a package. And that’s quanity other quality which just by the failures rates of top tier to second tier prospects still favors one top tier to 3 2nd tiers No, what happened is the owners low balled Amaro with the budget nonsense. You don’t go to the table crying poverty in a no cap system…when you do you chips lose their value since teams know your desperate to off load them. Embarassing. And we just lost to the Bruins at Fenway…I hope we don’t have to watch another NE rivalry loss there because someone lacked the no- brainer imagination to see Lackey, Lester, Beckett beating out Halladay, Hamels and Blanton. I am sick of my city playing second fiddle to Boston and New York. Just sick of it.

     
  • Posts: 0 mike mike

    Reed I second your thoughts, but don will say we both are nuts, he is montgomery or giles or maybe there kid, because they didnt get a thing for a guy who could bring you a ring.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Sorry ,I’m behind on all this…
    Did somebody pull the trigger on Chan Ho Park?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    mikemike – what is scary is the lack of attention the ownership gets in the Philly sports media. They just accepted it. I can only think it comes from years of focusing on the Eagles. They are much more capable at covering football than baseball. Even their player analysis is dated. I don’t expect them to suddenly dive into sabrmetrics but they’re whole approach to the game is still in ’90′s. Their concept of baseball economics seems governed by their understanding of football contracts. When you have a cap, a budget is relevant because you know the bottom line. In a no cap system how can you prove that it’s the budget when no one knows the team’s net earnings. And who convinced this city that its a mid-range market esp. when sports economists across the board agree that it is a big market and until the last few years has been considered the worst performing team relative to it’s market. People are so used to going without that when the team spends the money it should proportionate to its success, they think their being spoiled. It’s like some city -wide stockholm syndrome. I don’t get it.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    NEPA – yeah, I’ve been asking the same stuff about Park. Don’t know, but Baez is a decent pick-up with his closing experience esp. in light of Bi-polar Brad who is also coming off of surgery. I just heard that Amaro didn’t see Park as a Phillie next year. Too bad. He had a wicked two-seamer.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    j reed – I get it. Because you just explained it.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Dipsy – Whoops. I just “no sh*t sherlocked” myself. Do you know how much Baez is gonna get yet?

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    The Phillies portion of the Lee deal seems light because everyone now expects you to win every part of every trade! The most credible names in baseball say Toronto only ‘saved face’ with the deal we gave them so if we got a ‘very light’ haul from Seattle then we outright stole from Toronto for Halladay (and we know that wasn’t the case). It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good… Lets move on!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    I gotta tell ya, I don’t know how anyone can look at Gillies’ (who I keep calling Clark Gillies) stats and not come away impressed. The guy hit .341 last year with a .430 OBP and 44 steals in high A ball. .341 is .341. Is he a slap hitter who legs out hits? Maybe. But he did hit 9 hrs. He was also hitting .313 in A in ’08 before he got moved up. And he’s supposed to be super fast. Perhaps a Michael Bourne with a bit more pop? A Juan Pierre type (non switch hitter)? These are the type of guys the Phils don’t produce. But thats OK. I’d love to have a speedster who will take a walk batting leadoff for me someday. Am I missing something with this fella or what?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    j reed – All I am reading seems to point to a 2y/6m contract. Which is fine, I guess. We’re on a budget, ya know.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    This is the last time I’m going to say anything about the Lee deal.We got bamboozled on it.No doubt…
    But if I were ownership with a chip for ,say $100 worth of equity,why would I trade it for $50? Wouldnt you want $100 in return?
    And lets say not too many competitors had a $100 chip,why would you give it away?without waiting to see who could bid for it?Maybe try to get even $120.
    This is the essense of the Lee deal for me….it was simply stupid.Whether the chips are current ballplayers or future prospects(with low pricetags) it doesnt add up.
    And… ..its a rare thing either here in Philly or anywhere that you get that $100 chip to play with.

     
  • Posts: 0 mike mike

    Lets move on lee is gone. amazing isnt it a salary dump like this and people say forget it. The marlins salary dump but get value why cant we , a bag of donuts and we should forget, sounds like eagles talk just make the playoffs and hope we get lucky. The ownership in this town for a big market, has small minds, no matter what the phillies do its okay, season ticket holders should have told them you unload lee for nothing we leave. We need a infield prospect a middle reliever and got none of that in a trade to ” restock our system” restock my ass salary dump.

     
  • Posts: 0 mike mike

    Dipsy gillies played in the california league, when they translated his number to clearwater he is a 270 hitter.. he wont beat out ground balls to short in doublea and above. plus we are loaded with outfield prospects, why no infielder where we have just one prospect galvis?????? salary dump. outfield propects , brown gose santana, d”myers , hudson, and more gillies we didnt need. and a bad hip sore arm pitcher like aumont is a risk for a top major league starter.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    .341 in the High Desert League is .270 in Clearwater? Thats quite the drop off. You sure?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Dipsy – 2y/6m is about right. I think it’s a sound deal. I watched some clips of him pitching and he looks pretty good. I think he’ll also benefit from the league change at least until he’s be around the block once. Also pitching in the AL East isn’t a pinic. Yeah budget…just say the word and your suddenly a beacon of fiscal responsibility. Just friggin’ smurfy. I guess the budget for the Phillies is all about “context”.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    mikemike – is it true that we could have gotten Saunders from the Mariners?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    PSU over LSU so my day is awesome.

    Halladay and Lee’s value should’ve been similar. Heck, let the Mariners negotiate with Lee for a long term deal and them jack up the price.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    j reed, the Phillies swapped Saunders out for Gillies so it was their choice.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    psujoe – I thought as much. I think it was you where I heard this. I thought it was mikemike. I just wanted to make sure. Great for PSU, but our toothless canadiens lost at Fenway so I am grumpy.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Joe – I don’t think thats true about Saunders. I don’t think the M’s were giving him up. Just what I heard.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Dipsy – check out this link
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/marinersblog/2010587024_report_michael_saunders_was_or.html
    I don’t know how much of it’s true but if it is I’ll need 5 times the L-dopa to get out of the catatonic state I’ll probably lapse into

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Well, ya know, if thats true I can half understand it. Saunders is ready to play and he would have been blocked here. You might have taken him and flipped him somehow, right?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    “I gotta tell ya, I don’t know how anyone can look at Gillies” stats and not come away impressed.”

    Dipsy…..

    That’s the first POSITIVE thing you’ve said about the Lee trade…at lesst that I’ve read…

    Are you resigning yourself to the fact that it had to be done….for the LONG-TERM betterment of the team….??

    Just askin’…

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I would’ve liked to see the Phils try to flip Saunders to the Jays if Oakland would take him instead of Taylor for Wallace. The problem with taking Saunders is the Phils already signed Glaud(sp?). Saunders could’ve been used in conjunction with Saunders to spell Ibanez, Werth and Vic because Ibanez needs a lot of rest and Vic and Werth get tired, fast.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Everything is contingent on Brown being ready in 2011 and Gillies 2012 at the latest. Saunders could’ve been plugged right in in 2011.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah…looks like that IS the plan, huh?…. Brown 2011 and Gillies 2012…

    Soooo….who goes?? We know that Ibanez is done after 2011…and that Werth is gonna command a HUGE contract….

    Do the Phillies let Werth walk after this year….or….somehow move Victorino…and resign Werth…if they can negotiate with him for something reasonable??

    Personally….and I’ve said it before….Werth is MORE valuable…but I would totally understand it if the Phillies couldn’t afford his pricetag…

     
 
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