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Tampa boosts bullpen with Baez and Miller

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Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay signed pitcher to a two-year contract with a club option for 2006, and also inked pitcher to a one-year contract on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Baez was 2-9 last season with a 3.81 ERA and 25 saves for Cleveland. Baez, however, lost the closer job to rookie after he blew 10 saves opportunities.

Baez had spent the past three seasons with the after 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.

Miller, a 30-year-old lefthander, led the American League with 79 appearances for the Toronto in 2003. He went 2-2 with a 4.61 ERA while collecting a career-high four saves and setting a team record for appearances.

In 184 big league contests, Miller has a 7-8 record with a 5.20 ERA and six saves, also pitching for Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Miller has started five career contests.

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