Phillies Sign Baez for $5.25 Million

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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