Even with questions surrounding whether the Phillies should move Brett Myers back to the bullpen, the Phillies have taken the approach to stick with the status quo for their closer. Brad Lidge, acquired in an off-season deal with Houston, signed a three-year deal with the Phillies prior to Sunday's game.
Lidge has a 0.77 ERA in 35 appearances this season and has converted all 19 of his save opportunities while adding two victories to his stats as well.
Lidge's career in Philadelphia got off to a bad start when he felt a twinge in his surgically repaired knee after his first pitch in spring training and wound up on the DL to start the season. He returned to the roster just after the season started and made his first appearance of the year on April 6, proving that he was definitely healthy. "I think the injury actually helped me, in fact, because it made me focus more," said Lidge at the press conference to announce his signing.
The contract that Lidge signed goes through the 2011 season and the Phillies hold an option for the 2012 season, which would make it four years and $47 million. Lidge's deal also includes incentive clauses. "We viewed this guy as someone who would help us long-term," said assistant GM Ruben Amaro, Jr., who announced the signing.
It remains to be seen whether the Phillies and Pat Burrell, who is also eligible for free agency after the season, will get an extension done before the end of the season.