32 year old Cuban righthanded Danys Baez is a Phillie, commence celebration. Lifetime record of 35-49 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 453 games and 613.1 innings. Not bad, not good, just mediocre. He does have 114 saves to his name, so I guess he's at least some sort of insurance plan should JC Romero and Brad Lidge not be ready to start the season (and I'm doubting either will, coming off of elbow surgeries).
Baez has been in the majors for 8 seasons now with the Indians, Devil Rays, Dodgers, Braves, and Orioles. He's been good at times (see all-star '05) and bad at others (see 6.44 ERA with O's in '08). I don't hate the signing, but I don't like it either, guess I'm indifferent. After seeing Rube upgrade backup catcher (Schneider), utility infielder (Castro), ace pitcher (Halladay), and bench (Gload), it's disappointing to have Baez as the lone addition to a very suspect bullpen. Couple that with the fact that it's for a guaranteed 2 years for an undisclosed amount of cash (I'm guessing $5-6M) and that's just not good enough for me. There are still relief pitchers available that fit the Phils needs (Calero, Park, Eyre, Valverde), but something tells me the dealing is done, and youngsters like Bastardo and Escalona will be leaned upon heavily.
*And what the hell is up with the spelling of his name?