Dodgers fans knew that this year, they would have to watch a lot of their free agents walk. With several guys slated to hit the market after the 2020 World Series, it was inevitable that they would start signing elsewhere.
We got our first big one today, as Pedro Baez will be heading somewhere else. The right-handed reliever signed a deal with the Houston Astros that will keep him there through the 2022 season. That’s right, those same Astros that cheated Baez and the Dodgers out of a 2017 World Series.
Pedro Báez and the Astros have agreed on a two-year contract, per source. The deal is pending a physical. Báez, a converted third baseman, had a 3.03 ERA in seven seasons with the Dodgers.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) January 13, 2021
You can’t really fault a guy for taking a guaranteed contract and getting paid to play the game of baseball. But the fact that Baez is heading to the Astros no doubt will not sit right with Dodgers fans as the news spreads.
Baez wasn’t the best reliever for the Dodgers, but he was sort of just always there. He was signed by the Dodgers as a third baseman out of the Dominican way back in 2007. He converted to a pitcher in 2012 and eventually made his debut with the big league team in May of 2014.
Since then, Baez has compiled 355 appearances and tossed 356 innings in his Dodgers career. He totaled a 3.61 ERA and struck out just over 9 batters per 9 innings pitched, adding in 3 saves. He was slightly less effective in the postseason where he posted a 3.99 ERA through 31 appearances. Even worse, he allowed 10 of 17 inherited runners to score over 9 outings.
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