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Reliever Baez could be joining Phils

Reliever Baez could be joining Phils

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PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said late last week that the Phillies probably would sign a reliever in a couple weeks, sometime after Christmas.

It will not be Fernando Rodney. There are reports he has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Angels.

It also is unlikely to be right-handers John Smoltz, Chan Ho Park and Mike MacDougal. The Phils have some concerns about Smoltz's durability, which might not be an issue except closer Brad Lidge and setup man J.C. Romero are recovering from elbow surgeries.

Philadelphia and Park appear to have reached a stalemate in negotiations. Amaro has said the club does not expect him back. The Phillies have expressed interest in MacDougal, but talks are not believed to be serious.

CSNPhilly.com reported Wednesday that the Phillies have reached an agreement with a reliever, pending a physical. A good bet is right-hander Danys Baez, who has closing experience. That is something the Phils might need if Lidge and Romero are not ready to start the season.

Baez went 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 59 appearances last season with the Orioles. He pitched for Charlie Manuel, when Manuel managed the Indians, in 2001-02. Baez is 35-49 with a 4.04 ERA and 114 saves in his eight-year career with the Indians, Rays, Dodgers, Braves and Orioles.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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