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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Brad Lidge in a five player deal

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Brad Lidge in a five player deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 November 2007 at 11:55 pm

The Phillies have acquired Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett from the Astros for Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary and minor league 3B Mike Costanzo. Lidge will take over as the closer for the Phillies from day #1 with Brett Myers moving back into the starting rotation. Lidge pitched in 66 games last season for the Astros and he 5-3 with 19 saves, a 3.36 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Lidge has now pitched in 378 games (1 start) in his career and he is 23-20 with 123 saves, a 3.30 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. His stuff has always been downright nasty as he has 561 career whiffs in only 401 innings. Brett Myers will return to the rotation which is where the Phillies need him the most despite him doing a good job as the closer last season. Myers has now pitched in 192 games (143 starts) in his major league career and he is 59-47 with 21 saves, a 4.34 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Eric Bruntlett will serve as a pinch hitter and reserve infielder for the Phillies next season. He played in 80 games last season for the Astros and he was 34 for 138 (.246 avg, .629 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers, 14 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Bruntlett has now played in 320 career games in the majors and he is 118 for 472 (.250 avg, .687 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 9 homers, 50 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. This was a good move for the Phillies as it improves both the bullpen and the starting rotation.

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