Phillies acquire closer Brad Lidge


That was my exact thought this morning when I woke up and checked the news to see what was happening on this chilly Thursday.

The Phillies traded for Astros’ closer, Brad Lidge.


In return, the Fightin’ Phils gave up resident speedster Michael Bourn and junk reliever Geoff Geary.

Lidge had been dominant a few years ago until Cardinals’ slugger Albert Pujols hit a game-winning homer off Lidge in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS. Since then Lidge has been a borderline mess, being bounced around between closer and set up roles for the Astros.

So now he’s on the Phillies.

This means a few things:

1.) Brett Myers can move back to the starting rotation. Myers was at times and at best, mildly reliable last year as the Phils’ closer after being bounced from the rotation at the beginning of last season. So Myers is back. Is he the prodigy he once was or the dud pitcher who went from Opening Day starter to middle reliever in two weeks?

2.) With Aaron Rowand most likely leaving for free agency and now Bourn gone, the Phils have two serious holes to fill in the outfield. Rumors have them looking into Boston’s Coco Crisp, but do they have enough to get him? Probably not. While acquiring Lidge filled one of GM Pat Gillick’s off season holes, it created another one. Anyone know any outfielders looking for work?

3.) What are we going to do with all of those left over Geary t-shirts?

I guess we’ll see.

Stay warm Philadelphia…

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