The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that they have signed Danys Baez to a two-year, $5.25 million contract. He jumped the final hurdle, which was a physical examination.
Baez, 32, went 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 59 appearances last season with the Baltimore Orioles. He held right-handed hitters to a .197 average and opposing hitters to a .222 average in 71.2 innings.
In his 10-year career in the majors, Baez has played for six teams, including the Phillies. He broke into the league with the Cleveland Indians when Charlie Manuel managed the Tribe.
Baez will wear No. 55 in Philadelphia.
Eyre talks likely finished
It appears as Scott EyreÆs career with the Phillies is over as Ruben Amaro Jr. implied that talks with Eyre have been put to bed. Amaro offered him a minor league contract, but Eyre declined as heÆll play ball elsewhere in 2010.
Eyre posted a 1-2 record with a 1.50 ERA in 42 relief appearances last season with the Phillies. Taking over as the left-handed specialist since J.C. Romero missed the majority of the season due to injury and suspension, Eyre allowed only five runs in 30 innings.
Amaro said that he wants to sign another left-handed reliever for the bullpen, but there arenÆt many options remaining on the open market. Ron Mahay and Will Ohman head the list of free agent lefties.
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