AP Source: Phillies, Baez agree to deal

Dec 31, 2009 - 11:41 PM By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA(AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies and free agent reliever Danys Baez have reached a deal.

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the sides agreed on a two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Baez must pass a physical for the contract to be complete.

Baez adds depth to 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.

The deal was first reported by MLB.com.






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