Phils Sign Baez to Strengthen Pen

Phils ink veteran righty to 2-year deal

Friday, Jan 1, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 AM EDT
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Phils Sign Baez to Strengthen Pen

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Danys Baez pitched for the O's last season.

Free agent reliever Danys Baez and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press Thursday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Baez must pass a physical for the contract to be complete.

Baez strengthens the back end of Philadelphia's bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander has 114 career saves. He was 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 59 games with Baltimore last year.

Baez could be used as a setup man along with Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero, and he's a potential option as a closer if Brad Lidge struggles again this year.

MLB.com first reported the deal.

The Baez deal likely means that Chan Ho Park won’t be back in Philly, said MLB.com.

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