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Can The Phillies Afford Lidge and Burrell?

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As we bask in the glow of first place in the division, two key components of the team could be seeing green once the free agency period hits. So, can the Phillies afford to keep Brad Lidge and Pat Burrell? Of course, it could also be considered whether they can afford to not re-sign them.

It wasn't that long ago that Pat Burrell could have been had for next to nothing, if only someone could get him to waive his no-trade clause. Luckily for the Phillies, Burrell stood adamant that he did not want to leave Philadelphia and it's lucky for the Phillies that he insisted on staying put in left field. The Astros on the other hand made Lidge available and sent him packing (he didn't...

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