Lidge goes to Phillies from Astros for Bourn, Geary

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  1. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to make a big move at the general managers' meetings, acquiring closer Brad Lidge from the Houston Astros along with infielder Eric Bruntlett on Wednesday night.

    Houston received speedy outfielder Michael Bourn, right-hander Geoff Geary and minor league third baseman Mike Costanzo.

    The deal was first reported by's Jerry Crasnick.

    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.

    Lidge held batters to a .218 average and averaged 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He was sidelined from mid-June to mid-July because of a pulled oblique muscle in his left side and had surgery after the season to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

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  2. Rise Up! (Witness™)

    Rise Up! (Witness™) Registered Member

    The Phillies definetly got the best out of that trade. Brad Lidge is a tough pitcher, he's got great stuff. The Players that the Astros acquired are in the minor leagues and haven't proved themsleves to be able to play at the big leage level.
  3. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    A couple of years ago Lidge was one of the best closers in the game, and fo some reason he fell off the map a bit, but he's a great pick up, and he's going to help the Phillies close games, he doesn't pitch has fast has he use to, but he can still throw a mean fastball. Good trade for the Phillies.
  4. Zanthrax54

    Zanthrax54 Guest

    Great to see they are being active, we are going to have to make some changes so we can go a little further than the first round next season...:no:
  5. Millz

    Millz LGB Staff Member V.I.P.

    AWesome deal with the Phils. If Lidge can pitch like he's supposed to, he's one of the best in the NL. And they didnt give up that much. MIchael Bourne is a 3rd or 4th outfielder at best.
  6. natnsoxfan

    natnsoxfan Guest

    Disagree. Lidge went from one bandbox to another, in Citizens Bank Ballpark, or whatever its called I forget. Hes a flyball/strikeout pitcher and that doesn't work well in a tiny park like that. Bourn is a very, very good prospect, excellent contact ability and great speed. Costanzo is a solid prospect with very good power, although he is a TTO guy (for those of you unfamiliar with that term it stands for "Three True Outcomes", strikeout, homerun, and walk), and solid defense. Madson probably won't do any worse than has done the past few seasons.

    However, that being said, this is also a good deal for the Phil's because its almost like they acquired a starter as well. This move allows them to move Brett Myers back to the starting rotation, which is an acquisition in and of itself.

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