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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
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Birth Date9-10-1977
Height6' 3"
Weight225 lbs
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2001 CLE MLB 43 0 50.3 34 20 52 5 .265 102 6.1 3.6 0.9 9.3 40% .238 .214 1.07 3.69 2.50 90 4.13 0.7
2002 CLE MLB 39 26 165.3 160 82 130 14 .267 100 8.7 4.5 0.8 7.1 47% .297 .262 1.46 4.24 4.41 102 4.88 1.3
2003 CLE MLB 73 0 75.7 65 23 66 9 .264 93 7.7 2.7 1.1 7.9 45% .259 .246 1.16 3.97 3.81 92 4.60 0.7
2004 TBA MLB 62 0 68.0 60 29 52 6 .262 99 7.9 3.8 0.8 6.9 43% .269 .247 1.31 4.36 3.57 98 5.38 0.2
2005 TBA MLB 67 0 72.3 66 30 51 7 .267 103 8.2 3.7 0.9 6.3 48% .271 .246 1.33 4.23 2.86 0 0.00 0.0
2006 ATL 0 11 0 10.0 7 6 10 0 .273 93 6.3 5.4 0.0 9.0 37% .259 .221 1.30 3.21 5.40 0 0.00 0.0
2006 LAN 0 46 0 49.7 53 11 29 3 .267 94 9.6 2.0 0.5 5.3 41% .305 .262 1.29 3.75 4.35 0 0.00 0.0
2007 BAL MLB 53 0 50.3 50 29 29 8 .265 102 8.9 5.2 1.4 5.2 52% .263 .281 1.57 6.37 6.44 0 0.00 0.0
2009 BAL MLB 59 0 71.7 59 22 40 8 .265 108 7.4 2.8 1.0 5.0 61% .232 .218 1.13 4.61 4.02 107 5.39 -0.1
2010 PHI MLB 51 0 47.7 55 23 28 6 .267 95 10.4 4.3 1.1 5.3 57% .314 .306 1.64 5.20 5.48 119 6.89 -1.1
2011 PHI MLB 29 0 36.0 43 13 18 5 .261 91 10.8 3.2 1.2 4.5 52% .306 .303 1.56 5.13 6.25 120 6.43 -0.7
2006 TOT MLB 57 0 59.7 60 17 39 3 .268 94 9.1 2.6 0.5 5.9 40% .298 .255 1.29 3.66 4.53 98 4.68 0.7
CareerMLB53326697.065228850571.265998.43.70.96.549%.277.2561.354.444.25844.241.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2000 KIN A+ 9 9 49.7 45 20 56 5 .000 8.1 3.6 0.9 10.1 0% -.494 .000 1.31 3.67 4.71
2000 AKR AA 18 18 102.7 98 32 77 6 .000 8.6 2.8 0.5 6.7 0% -.800 .000 1.27 3.59 3.68
2001 CLE MLB 43 0 50.3 34 20 52 5 .265 102 6.1 3.6 0.9 9.3 40% .238 .214 1.07 3.69 2.50
2001 AKR AA 1 0 2.0 1 0 2 0 .000 4.5 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% -.500 .000 0.50 1.20 0.00
2001 BUF AAA 16 0 25.3 18 9 30 2 .000 6.4 3.2 0.7 10.7 0% -.390 .000 1.07 2.88 3.20
2002 CLE MLB 39 26 165.3 160 82 130 14 .267 100 8.7 4.5 0.8 7.1 47% .297 .262 1.46 4.24 4.41
2003 CLE MLB 73 0 75.7 65 23 66 9 .264 93 7.7 2.7 1.1 7.9 45% .259 .246 1.16 3.97 3.81
2004 TBA MLB 62 0 68.0 60 29 52 6 .262 99 7.9 3.8 0.8 6.9 43% .269 .247 1.31 4.36 3.57
2005 TBA MLB 67 0 72.3 66 30 51 7 .267 103 8.2 3.7 0.9 6.3 48% .271 .246 1.33 4.23 2.86
2006 ATL MLB 11 0 10.0 7 6 10 0 .273 93 6.3 5.4 0.0 9.0 37% .259 .221 1.30 3.21 5.40
2006 LAN MLB 46 0 49.7 53 11 29 3 .267 94 9.6 2.0 0.5 5.3 41% .305 .262 1.29 3.75 4.35
2007 BAL MLB 53 0 50.3 50 29 29 8 .265 102 8.9 5.2 1.4 5.2 52% .263 .281 1.57 6.37 6.44
2007 BOW AA 3 0 4.0 3 2 4 1 .257 101 6.8 4.5 2.2 9.0 60% .222 .246 1.25 6.02 2.25
2009 BAL MLB 59 0 71.7 59 22 40 8 .265 108 7.4 2.8 1.0 5.0 61% .232 .218 1.13 4.61 4.02
2010 PHI MLB 51 0 47.7 55 23 28 6 .267 95 10.4 4.3 1.1 5.3 57% .314 .306 1.64 5.20 5.48
2010 LEH AAA 1 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 .229 85 18.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 60% .400 .292 2.00 3.29 9.00
2011 PHI MLB 29 0 36.0 43 13 18 5 .261 91 10.8 3.2 1.2 4.5 52% .306 .303 1.56 5.13 6.25

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 1026 0.5029 0.4474 0.8627 0.6047 0.2882 0.9199 0.7415 0.1373
2010 806 0.5087 0.4243 0.8304 0.5878 0.2551 0.8631 0.7525 0.1696
2011 582 0.5086 0.4296 0.8560 0.6182 0.2343 0.9071 0.7164 0.1440
Career24140.50620.43540.85030.60230.26420.89780.73910.1497

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-08-25 2010-09-09 15-DL 15 16 Low Back Spasms -
2008-03-21 2008-09-28 60-DL 191 160 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2007-10-26
2007-09-13 2007-09-30 DTD 17 17 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2007-10-26
2007-07-26 2007-07-28 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness Virus -
2007-06-17 2007-07-12 15-DL 25 20 Right Forearm Strain -
2006-08-25 2006-10-08 15-DL 44 36 Right Abdomen Surgery Appendix 2006-08-23
2000-06-21 2000-07-14 Minors 23 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 $
2011 PHI $2,750,000
2010 PHI $2,500,000
2009 BAL $7,166,667
2008 BAL $6,166,667
2007 BAL $5,666,667
2006 LAN $4,000,000
2005 TBA $3,750,000
2004 TBA $1,750,000
2003 CLE $5,125,000
2002 CLE $4,125,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$43,000,001
10 yrTotal$43,000,001

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 54 dGreg Genske2 years/$5.25M (2010-11)

Details
  • 2 years/$5.25M (2010-11). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 1/5/10. 10:$2.5M, 11:$2.75M. DFA by Philadelphia 7/22/11. Released by Philadelphia 8/1/11.
  • 3 years/$19M (2007-09). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 11/06. $5M signing bonus (paid 6/07-9/09), 07:$4M, 08:$4.5M, 09:$5.5M. Performance bonus: $1M for Rolaids club leader. $0.1M each WS MVP, Rolaids award. $75,000 for LCS MVP. $25,000 for All-Star selection. $0.5M assignment bonus with each trade.
  • 2 years/$6.5M (2004-05), plus 2006 club option. Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/04. $0.5M signing bonus. 04:$1.5M, 05:$3.5M, 06:$4M club option, $1M buyout. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each in 2004, 2005. Club exercised 2006 option 10/05. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Tampa Bay 1/06. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from LA Dodgers 7/06.
  • 4 year/$14.5M (2000-03), plus 2004 club option. Signed by Cleveland 1999 as an amateur free agent from Cuba. Bonuses may increase total value to $15.7M. Cleveland declined 2004 option 11/03 ($0.5M buyout). Non-tendered by Cleveland 12/03.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

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2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/1/2016 09:43 ET

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Diagnostics

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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Danys Baez is why we can't have nice things.
2011 The notion that a reliever with one thoroughly average year on his record after undergoing Tommy John surgery deserved a guaranteed two-year contract is exactly the kind of thing that makes reasonable fans bang their head against the wall. Baez had terrible peripherals in large part due to disappearing command of his fastball and a tendency for his breaking ball to hang out over the plate. The result was a finish among the 30 worst relievers in both walk and strikeout rates (minimum 40 innings pitched). There is nothing laudatory worth saying about Baez’s season except that the next one can’t possibly be this bad, even if it's wiped out by another injury.
2010 Another success story for Tommy John surgery, as Baez bounced back to pre-2007 injury form. He didn't get what he wanted, though, which was to either start or close, being relegated to a middle-inning role for most of the season. His BABIP was a whopping 17 hits better than his team, the second-best number in the AL (Matt Guerrier, Twins, was -20), and a strong indicator of regression next year; just a warning to whichever team winds up signing this free agent.
2009 After missing all of the second year of his three-year deal recovering from elbow surgery, Baez will be back in time for spring training. The Cuban's checked the lay of the land, noted the crowded bullpen, and has gamely announced a desire to return to starting, something he hasn't done in the majors since 2002, but since the Orioles are paying him either way and need to help, it can't hurt to give it a try. Set your expectations on "low," and be stunned if he turns out any better than that.
2008 One of a trio of relievers the Orioles signed prior to the 2007 season to save their bullpen, Baez was guaranteed $41 million over three years to work the seventh and eighth innings. It was a ludicrous contract made far worse by Baez's performance. The O's got a good month out of him before he turned into an arsonist. He then tore an elbow ligament and will miss the entire 2008 season following Tommy John surgery.
2007 There`s something intoxicating about the Proven Closer tag. Los Angeles paid a high price in young players for Proven Closer Baez and got nothing out of it. The Braves then rolled the same dice by dealing Wilson Betemit to L.A. and fared only slightly better before Baez hurt himself. Drunk on that label themselves, the Orioles threw a three-year, $19-million deal at Baez, a pitcher whose results have hewed close to league average throughout his career.
2005 Baez was unwillingly involved in a bizarre maneuver by Cleveland to get around major league salary rules in late 2003; rather than fight a battle they almost certainly would have lost, the Indians made him a free agent. Lance Carter had done an adequate job closing for the Rays in 2003, but there is no question that Baez is the better pitcher. He's actually a better pitcher than a team like the Rays should have. Closers are a luxury item, something to take care of after you've covered the basics.
2004 Baez turned out to be a lot of hype, but nevertheless a useful pitcher. He's still a splitter/fastball pitcher with little commitment to changing speeds, but he's been adequate starting or relieving. Blowing 10 of 35 save opportunities shouldn't have put him high on anyone's list of potentially dominating closers, but the Devil Fishies handed him a moronic two-year, $6 million deal to finish games in Tampa. See, cash doesn't evaporate, it just disappears in reasonably explained senseless gestures, like overtipping a waitress at Hooters.
2003 Here at Prospectus Labs, we initially greeted the news that Baez would be turned into a closer with a lot of gnashing and wailing. “Why would you use a good pitcher for fewer innings,” we said. “Closers are overrated!” The problem is that Baez doesn’t have the pitches. He’s got two good pitches and that’s it. If the Indians can turn him into an Established Closer and then flip him for some delicious talent, so much the better.
2002 Not all Cuban imports are immediate successes or abject failures. Baez looked like the latter for a while, but he emerged as the Indians' best reliever in the second half of 2001. There will be pressure to put him into the rotation, although his best chance of success lies with a year of setup relief.
2001 America’s Cuba policy leaves much to be desired. While we do business with every other Communist regime on the planet, we punish Cuba for showing us up 40 years ago. A side effect is that one of Castro country’s top commodities, pitchers, can sign in this country on the basis of a false birth date, a fast gun-reading, and the right agent. Danys Baez was supposed to be 19. He’s probably 25. He was supposed to throw 97 mph, but he’s usually around 93 and doesn’t have a reliable second pitch. The Indians signed him to a four-year, $14.5-million major-league contract. One year down, and he didn’t exactly dominate in the Eastern League. If you want to do something about this, move to North Carolina and vote Jesse Helms out of existence. We have to start somewhere. Baez may get pressed into the fifth rotation spot; don’t expect greatness.
2000 Another Joe Cubas Cuban who fled to Costa Rica to become a free agent. The Tribe won the bidding by giving him a four-year, $14.5-million contract. He’s big and he throws upwards of 98 mph, with an age that keeps moving up every time someone asks. While he isn’t expected to walk into camp and claim a rotation spot, the possibility is there. It would be easy to forecast that he’ll be in the rotation by midseason, like Livan Hernandez in 1997, but the Indians have a weaker rotation than the Marlins had. Baez will get every opportunity to win a job in the spring.

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2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you name the top 3 free agents you feel the Phils are most interested in and the percentage chance that we will see them in red pinstripes come April?
(John Doggit from Washington D.C.)
I really, truly, do not see the Phillies making any big acquisitions. If they had the money to make a big move, they would re-sign Jayson Werth or make a push for Cliff Lee, neither of which I expect to happen. They have a lot of money committed to 16 players and need another nine to field a team. I can see them pushing hard to re-sign Jose Contreras, and given his friendship with Danys Baez and his experience this season, I can see Contreras staying put.

But they are set at every position in the starting lineup and their bench is essentially set as well. It would be interesting to go for a better starter than Kyle Kendrick to round out the rotation, like a Jake Westbrook-type, but they seem content on letting Kendrick and Vance Worley compete for that last spot.

I think this is going to be the first year in what seems like a while where the Phillies don't make any significant moves. (Eric Seidman)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Danys Baez threw 2,572 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2011, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Curve (78mph), also mixing in a Splitter (88mph).