Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Baez Introduced as a Phillie, Pitching Staff Not Full

Right-hander Danys Baez is officially a member of the National League champion Phillies today, as he was introduced to the media, and the public, at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Baez's deal is for 2 years, $5.25 million. The contract pays Baez $2.5 million in 2010 and $2.75 million in 2011, and he is said to have opportunities to earn performance based incentive bonuses.

Baez is expected to be used in a set up role out of the bullpen, but could easily slide into closer duties if Brad Lidge struggles again or has a delay in recovering from offseason elbow surgery.

In 2009 with Baltimore, Baez was 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 59 games. In his career against the other 4 NL East team, Baez has a 2-1 record with a 2.90 ERA in 27 games.

In other team news, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. stated that the Phillies are likely finished negotiating with lefty reliever Scott Eyre. Eyre reportedly had been offered a minor league and did not accept. That leaves the Phillies a left hander short. With young lefties like Antonio Bastardo, Sergio Escalona and Mike Zagurski as options, the Phillies may not be as hard pressed as some critics may believe they are.

On the subject of the starting rotation, Amaro Jr. admitted to being interested in possibly acquiring one additional starting pitching option. With Jamie Moyer expected to undergo another procedure (right knee) this coming Monday, his status for opening day continues to be in doubt. Amaro stated he had spoken with the agents for Ben Sheets, Chien-Ming Wang as well as Brett Myers. Also still in contact with the Phillies is Pedro Martinez. Pedro is probably more likely to return than Brett is.

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