Year In Review: Danys Baez

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, November 22, 2010 06:00 PM | Comments: 11
2010 Player Reviews, Posts

When the Phillies signed Danys Baez to a two-year, $5.25 million contract, I thought that this was a decent deal.  He had a few good years; a few not-so-good.  He’d be taking over Chan Ho Park’s role, how bad could it be?  About a year later, I’m regretting those thoughts.

Before the season started, Baez was believed to be a reliable late-inning reliever.  Especially with certain injuries to the bullpen, Baez was visioned as a seventh or eighth inning guy.

Baez struggled from the get-go.  Unfortunately, Charlie Manuel kept him in the same role.  Appearing in 51 games, Baez received many chances but he still failed to reach any sort of expectation.  It wasn’t until later in the season when Manuel decided that Baez pitched his way out of his job.

Every time Baez entered the game, I joked that the Phillies should just hand the opponents five runs.  Sadly, that’s basically what happened;  Baez had an earned run average of 5.48 in 47.2 innings.  The poor statistics do not end there.  He averaged 1.64 walks and hits per innings pitched.  He also allowed 10.4 hits and 4.3 walks per nine innings.

The only time Baez did not hurt the team was when he was sent to the disabled list with back-spasms in August.  Even when he returned, he continued to struggle.  Due to his unsatisfactory performance, Baez was left off the playoff roster.

It’s tough to talk positively about the 2010 performance of Danys Baez.  However, there were a few games in which he did get the job done, and he deserves credit for that.  Also, I’d rather have Baez’s contract rather than Brandon Lyons or Fernando Rodney’s, who were other options last off season.

The Phillies hope that Baez will rebound next season.  Don’t expect him to strike a ton of people out, but he’s a ground ball pitcher who has had some success in the past, being an All Star in 2005.  He has one year left on his contract, so he’ll get another chance.  But if he continues to fail, those Philadelphia boos are not disappearing.


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  • Posts: 0 steve

    I was hoping to see a 0/10

  • Posts: 0 Dan

    Supposedly the bullpen is volatile so hopefully Baez can give us some more quality outings in 2011. Junior said our bullpen is why we lost to the Giants and if you think about it, we had no lefties ( Romero was in a funk and Bastardo is unseasoned), 2 guys who we could not use in high-pressure situations (Herndon and Baez) 2 fairly competent righthanders in Contreras and Durbin (both had ERA’s over three) with just two lights-out guys in madson and Lidge, who only started to come on strong late in the year.

  • Posts: 0 Scotch Man

    I assume the 1.5 is for his DL time and at the end where they basically just didn’t use him.

  • Posts: 0 Scotch Man

    My slogan for Baez was, he’s the pitcher to use when you just don’t feel like you’re losing by enough runs.

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Hello Amanda, have not seen anything by you for a while and heh, you got the Baez write up. Well, no arguing here, he flat out stunk. I too was not sure why he got the .5 There were very few outings where he did not give up a run, even fewer where he didn’t give up a hit, walk or usually both.

    By the end of the season, Baez came into games that were already lost. So, he filled a role.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Greg Dobbs gets a .5

    ….and this clown gets a 1.5.


  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Amanda didnt give Dobbs a .5 – she did not grade him as far as I read.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Hopefully Baez earns his pay next year. 2010 was a disaster for him. He has a chance to redeem himself.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    i wasnt too happy when they signed Baez….hopefully the guy will rebound and have a decent year…i think he has too if he wants his stock to further decrease….

  • Posts: 0 Marc H

    My sense is that they will carry him to mid-season and re-assess his situation then. This way, if they have to cut him, they are only eating 1/2 of a season’s salary.

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Relievers are often inconsistent from year to year. Let’s hope we get the other side of the coin in 2011.

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