Phillies reach agreement with RHP Baez, pending physical

The Phillies have reached agreement with free-agent right-hander

Danys Baez, according to major-league sources.

The deal is pending a physical, which Baez will take next

week in Philadelphia, the sources said.

Baez, 32, went 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 59 games with the

Orioles last season after missing all of 2008 while recovering from

elbow surgery.

The Phillies envision Baez as a middle-inning reliever and

possibly more as right-handed closer Brad Lidge and lefty setup man

J.C. Romero each recover from elbow surgery.

Baez earned a combined 99 saves with the Indians and Rays

from 2003 to

’05 and the two-time defending National League champion

Phillies might require his late-inning experience.

CSNPhilly.com first reported that the Phillies had a deal

with a reliever last week, saying that Baez had been the

team’s “recent focus.”