Thursday, November 8, 2007

Phillies Acquire Closer Brad Lidge

At the general manager's meeting, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired closer Brad Lidge from the Houston Astros along with infiedler Eric Bruntlett. In return, Houston received outfielder Michael Bourn, right-hander Geoff Geary, and minor league third baseman Mike Costanzo.

The 30-year-old Lidge was 5-3 with 19 saves in 27 chances for the Astros last year after converting 32 of 38 opportunities in 2006. He lost his closer's job to Dan Wheeler one week into the 2007 season but regained the role in mid-June.

Philadelphia intends to move Brett Myers, who had been the Phillies' closer, back into the starting rotation at #2.

This trade was indeed a good one because Myers was an excellent starting pitcher, but to move him back into a starting role would mean the Phillies would have to sacrifice a closer. Houston, on the other hand, had two closers, Lidge and Wheeler. By trading Lidge to the Phillies, the Phillies can now move Myers back to the starting role and they have Lidge to fill in the vacant spot of the closer role. This is all at the expense of three non-established players. The downside to this trade is there are many, many better closers than Lidge and it seems like the Astros just wanted to get him off their hands.

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