Free-agent veteran reliever Pedro Baez agreed to a deal with Houston Astros, according to multiple reports. Baez inked a two-year deal that will reportedly earn him between $12 million and $14 million.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan adds that the agreement contains a team option for Astros, while Baez will get a chance to up his earnings with a number of bonuses and escalators.
The deal is expected to be finalized once the 32-year-old player undergoes physical.
Astros entered the offseason with a goal to add depth to their bullpen, and signing Baez gets them closer to that goal. The franchise previously also added right-hand reliever Ryne Stanek to a one-year deal.
Pedro Baez spent his entire career in the majors with LA Dodgers, who gave him his MLB debut back in 2014. At the end of last season, he was the player with the longest active tenure as a Dodger behind ace Clayton Kershaw and All-Star Kenley Jansen.
Baez played 355 MLB games with the Dodgers, serving as a closer in 51 of them and posting a 21-15 record. He has a 3.03 ERA to go with 369 strikeouts and three saves.