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 Chuck

    PLEASE…..the LAST 4 COMMENTS!!!!!

    Brian, Pat, Amanda……WE WANT IT BACK!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Chris.I

    The Phillies have a minor leauge deal out on the table for Eyre…I guess its safe to say that he wont be returning to the Phils in 2010. I like Sheets or Smoltz to add to the roster to play it safe.

    As for Vic being traded…In all reality anything is possible. If we lose him, we lose a HUGE key figure on our team. I mean, it all depends on what we could get for him, and if it would benefit us than sure. But we would have to get alot in return, and a player of his caliber we should. Vic is like the Ichiro of the NL (IMO)

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Chris – While I like Vic, I would harken you to look at Ichiro’s stats. Shane Victorino is not in the same universe at Ichiro. Before its all said and done, Ichiro will go down as the greatest leadoff hitter of all time, better than Ricky. Too bad he plays in nowheresville Seattle. If he played here, we would name a bridge after him. While Shane is a real good player, he would be the logical guy to go in a trade. Perhaps for a right handed line drive machine to put in the three hole?

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I like Shane Victorino a lot….but he’s no Ichiro.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Better that Rickey..ehhhh…I’m not so sure about that, Dipsy..But you’re right…it’s really hard to compare Shane to Ichiro.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Ichiro and Rickey are REEEEEEAAAAALLL close. Quite frankly, I don’t know who I would take.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I would say that Ichiro is definitely better than Rickey ….

    Ichiro has like 79,345 hits in his pro career.. and plays Gold Glove defense in an age where the competition is much much better at every position.

    Victorino is probably as good as Ichiro’s translator is at baseball, but nowhere near as good as Ichiro himself

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Aumont is to the Mariners what Carrasco was to the Phillies. They both fell hard after everyone thought they were the next big thing…

    So those of you who think that Aumont will be a stud as a closer, that’s about as likely to happen as Carrasco becoming a solid No.2 starter…
    it might happen, but don’t bet on it!

    And I like the Baez signing for $5.25M. Seems like a good deal.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Don M. – Thats pretty funny stuff. Ricky walked, stole, and scored (the sole goal of the leadoff man) more profficiently that Ichiro. Ichiro has the higher BA. Ichiro IS a machine though. And Ricky won.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I’ve always liked Rickey….but Ichiro IS damn good.

  • Posts: 0 Chris.I

    Noone is a better hitter than Ichiro, thats for sure…Vic sure is close however. What I mean to say is that Vic has a japanese style of batting…He bats for contact. Ichiro is just the man

  • Posts: 0 Chris.I

    I def aint saying he’s better than Ichiro…That just came out wrong! TOTALLY wrong lol. All Im saying is…IMO he reminds me of Ichiro from his batting style, speed, arm, etc….Ichiro def is a machine thats for sure. Noone in baseball could compare to him, but in the NL you have to admit that Vic would be the only one close.

  • Posts: 0 John

    Another retarded move by Ruben…the man is on fire this offseason….we are giving Baez a 5.25 million contract…for what exactly? Closing experience? It can’t be his above 4 ERA..or his negative win probability the last 3 years…..or maybe it’s his negative clutch rating the last 3 seasons?….No..hmm

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I may be a little bit bias, but I think Ricky is better than Ichiro as a led off hitter. Maybe not as a pure hitter, but Henderson, stole more bases, was an on base machine, a scored a ton of runs. I am not positive but I think Ricky’s OBP was well above Ichiro’s. Ichiro is like a .370 and only over .400 once , and Henderson for his career was over .400 and was like .420 or above for four or five years. And had more power, I know that is not essential in a lead off guy, but it helps.
    Not that it matters since this is Phillies Nation but I am a fan of Rickey so I wanted to put my two cents in

  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    John have you seen what averge middle relief guys are getting this off season. This is a good price anything under 3 million a year is a good deal. Plus he played or Baltimore in one of the best division in the league I think it is a little different pitching against Washington, Florida, and the Muts compared to Boston NY Yankees, and Tampa Bay. Comparitivly he is pretty cheap. I live by wait and see, despite what people are saying on here. This FO office and scouting team has built a 3X NL East, 2X NL Championship. and 1 WFS to Philadelphia so I will cut them a little slack at their moves. And wait and see if they pan out

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Anyone that thinks Ichiro is the better lead off man than Rickey is on crack. Go look at the SB’s and OBP and get back to me.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Gee your right John, I mean the ultimate in “retarded” moves “this offseason” was signing Doc Halladay. LOL. You do also realize this contract wasn’t 5.25 for 1 year, but for 2? You might want to look at alot of other contracts. 5.25 for one year I would balk at, but come on, do some research.

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Lets not forget the other “retarted” moves of not re-signing Bruntlett (who signed with the Nationals to a MINOR league deal), and Stairs, who yes had a few NICE homers, but notice a few. I think he had 4 this past season. The bench had a nice BA of what .220, and it was only that high because of the addition of Francisco mid last season. But what would being a Phillies Phan be without complaining about something (me included). I mean for the first time in Phillies History we are back to back NL champs, including 1 WS and 3 NL East, and from what most analysts are saying favorites to win the NL East and NL again, and some are even saying a re-match of the WS with the Phillies winning again. I dont know that I agree and its not because the Phillies arent awesome. I think the 2010 Phillies team is better then ’08 and ’09, but it is just VERY hard to have sustained success these days.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I said that Ichiro was BETTER

    not that he was a better “leadoff man”, “base stealer”, or anything like that..

    Rickey Henderson used to steal bases just for the hell of it.. similar to Jose Reyes now

    Was he a great player, yea..

    I just think that Ichiro is better All-Around player.. I’m sure lots of people would agree.. and I’m sure lots of people would disagree.. that’s just my opinion

    and if Ichiro played on the East Coast, and people actually got to watch him play, they would see how amazing he is

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Anyone that bitches about adding a veteran, with closers experience, to your bullpen .. is a jackass

    because its not Fernando Rodney, John Smoltz, or Ben Sheets .. people are going to bitch

    but I’m 100% positive that people would bitch if we had signed any of those three too..

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