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.