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After 10 seasons and $43 million, Danys Baez is retiring

Feb 27, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT


Danys Baez, who was released by the Phillies in the middle of last season, is retiring following a 10-year career, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Baez defected from Cuba in 1999 and had a few standout seasons for the Indians and Rays early in his career, but was a bust for the Orioles after signing a three-year, $19 million deal and also didn’t provide much value for the Phillies during a two-year, $5.25 million contract.

He pitched 10 total seasons for six different teams, compiling a 3.69 ERA from 2001-2005 and a 5.16 ERA from 2006-2011. Baez definitely hung around longer and made more money than his late-career performance warranted. All of which is how a reliever with one All-Star appearance and a 4.25 ERA in 697 career innings earned $43 million.

  1. tacklemeelmo - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    And yet all I can remember is Torii Hunter throwing a baseball at him.

  2. paulsdamnblog - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Would anyone have noticed him retiring if it wouldn’t have been for HBT?

  3. greasebawl - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    All I know is that he had a few good years with the pathetic Tampa Bay Devil Rays of 2004-2005.

  4. wetmorepsu12 - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    god awful for the phils, save for his performance in that 19 inning game last year where wilson valdez became a philly legend

    • raycornwall - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      He was FANTASTIC in that one game. Didn’t make up for the rest of his tenure with the Phillies, but he was great- 5 innings, 73 pitches, one hit, one walk, no runs. Valdez wouldn’t have gotten his moment of glory without Baez.

      That game was amazing to watch as a Phillies fan.

  5. Utley's Hair - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Based on reports from the last year or two, I’d be good with him signing on with the Phightins as a pitching coach.

  6. mqcarpenter - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Earning $4m a year as a mediocre performer is a slackers dream.

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