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Baez agrees to terms with Devil Rays

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Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay on Monday agreed to terms with right-handed closer . According to the Tampa Tribune, Baez will receive almost $6 million over two years, with a team option for a third season. Baez passed a physical for the Rays on Monday and the deal will become official pending Major League Baseball's approval.

The 26-year-old Baez was 2-9 last season with a 3.81 ERA and 25 saves for Cleveland. However, Baez lost the closers job to rookie after he blew 10 saves.

Baez had spent the past three seasons with the since leaving his native Cuba in 1999, but was released last month and not offered a contract for 2004.

In his three years with Cleveland, Baez compiled a 17-23 mark with a 3.92 ERA and 31 saves.

Baez is expected to become Tampa Bay's closer for the 2004 season, with All- Star shifting to a setup role.

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