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Danys Baez clears waivers, released by Phillies

Aug 1, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT


As expected, the Phillies have released Danys Baez after the veteran reliever was designated for assignment and cleared waivers.

Baez still has two months left on a two-year, $5.25 million deal, but his 5.81 ERA in 84 total innings for the Phillies included allowing 17 runs in his final 12 innings.

Baez is still just 33 years old, but he hasn’t managed even 6.0 strikeouts per nine innings since way back in 2005, when he saved 41 games with a 2.86 ERA as Tampa Bay’s closer. In six seasons since then Baez has a 5.16 ERA in 265 innings.

Expect him to latch on somewhere with a minor-league contract. His last non-rehab assignment stint in the minors? Triple-A for the Indians in 2001.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    The Phillies should hire him as an assistant bullpen coach. They are paying him anyway.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      How about hiring him back as a translator for Contreras, being the main reason he was probably brought here to begin with?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM

        I’m not sure Bastardo speaks much English either. At least I’ve never heard him speak English. As I have said before, he was something of a mentor out there. What would it hurt to have him sitting out there in tennis shoes hanging out with the guys? It was his sole benefit to the team anyway.

  2. spudchukar - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    See what happens when you behave nobly ‘Cepts, dreams come true.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM

      Not sure I follow, spuds. Can you clarify?

  3. deathmonkey41 - Aug 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I couldn’t understand why they signed him in the first place- he was pretty awful in Baltimore. Maybe they figured moving him out of the AL East would help or something…

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 1, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      ‘An arm is an arm.’ That’s why he was signed. And that was also the problem. Better off bringing up a dude from Lehigh.

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