Latest On Brad Lidge

7:20pm: "At this point I probably could have taken some offers," said Lidge to MLB.com's Paul Hagen, who notes that the right-hander hopes to make a decision soon. "At the same time, they weren't quite right for me … There are a lot of teams that want you to be there in case their young guys doesn't do well — to be a setup guy. And that's great. We'll kind of see how that plays out. That might be what I have to do."

11:43am: The Phillies remain in touch with Brad Lidge and the Angels are on the periphery, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The Rockies are not on Lidge, he adds.

Lidge, 35, posted a 1.40 ERA, 10.7 K/9, 6.1 BB/9, and 57.4% groundball rate with no home runs allowed in 19 1/3 innings for the Phillies last year.  His season began in July after recovery from a shoulder injury, and the former flamethrower was down to 89 miles per hour for his average fastball.


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  1. Let_Timmy_Smoke 3 years ago

    impressive that he had a K rate above 10 despite throwing less than 90mph.  Hopefully as he fully recovers from the surgery his velocity will increase, and walk rate will come down.  He could be a very good buy low option.

    • FillyPhan 3 years ago

      Those stats make him seem alot better than he was last year. At one point he managed to walk a guy home to win, and next game hit a batter to score walkoff win.

      He had his command problems last year post-surgery.

      • MQAB 3 years ago

        he definitely had control problems last year, but you’re misremembering. he had two losses and they were more than a month apart. his slider was still pretty devastating when he was ahead in the count.

        • FillyPhan 3 years ago

          The first walk tied the game so he didn’t get the lose, but still blew it.

          He rarely got ahead in the count though due to his command.

          • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

            Still misremembering. He didn’t blow any leads last year. The game he hit Gomes was the game after Ryan Madson gave up that Grand Slam to Zimmerman. (which muffed up Madson’s WHIP ERA).

    • bigpat 3 years ago

       All he did was throw sliders, pretty much had zero faith in his fastball. Looks like an injury or complete control breakdown waiting to happen. Funny guys keep chasing that slider though.

      • Muggi 3 years ago

        He had trouble locating the fastball – actually could locate the slider better.

        Wish I could find the article…but Lidge’s slider was mentioned as one of the top single pitches in MLB history. Not TOP top obviously, with guys like Ryan, Mo, Verlander, Maddux…but to even hear it mentioned was a shock. It just breaks so friggin late, guys can’t lay off it – reminds me of how guys always said they KNEW Hoffman was going to throw a changeup and it didn’t matter, you’d still swing early.

    • Muggi 3 years ago

      Yeah it’s all about that slider – it’s still sick, and no other slider in the bigs breaks that way.

  2. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Angels snag Lidge… he provides depth, and could possibly step in as closer if Walden struggles again.  At the very least, he could help serve as a mentor.  He makes more sense than Ryan Madson, IMO… 

    • And a lot less money, too. I’m with you, Lidge would be okay.

      • FillyPhan 3 years ago

        I watch him every inning of every game last year and I can tell you he can never close again. he doesn’t have the stuff.
        His fastball isn’t fast enough anymore to throw people off of his
        slider. He got such a high K rate because he has less control and more
        unpredictable, which looks good in stats, but fails as much as he
        succeeds.

    • Lidge is too weak minded to be a closer.  Just say no!

  3. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Angels snag Lidge… he provides depth, and could possibly step in as closer if Walden struggles again.  At the very least, he could help serve as a mentor.  He makes more sense than Ryan Madson, IMO… 

  4. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    All 30 teams should be in on this guy if he’s looking for a 1-year deal to prove he’s healthy. Sure he walks a tonne, but he’s still a solid reliever with the chance to be a great one again. Shame he’s lost 6mph in the last 4 years.

  5. Thurman8er 3 years ago

    If the Angels didn’t have to spend much, Lidge would be a good idea.  I’m convinced that the only thing Walden lacks is a competent mentor…a guy who’s been there before.

    • FillyPhan 3 years ago

      I think, at this point, that’s the most valuable attribute Lidge has, as a mentor.

    • Salmon4Coach 3 years ago

      Wouldn’t be a bad addition and he could be a solid 7th inning guy or even set-up..Unless Madson lowers his price to reasonable money for his level, and Madson would like to set-up..Then i’d take Madson..I just know for a fact that Angels will sign another RP before season starts..

  6. Dylan 3 years ago

    I’d love to have Lidge back under 2 million. He’s a good 7th inning guy and his slider is still nasty. Plus he’s just a great guy.

  7. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    If he’s cheap enough, I think he’d be a solid addition, if they can’t sign Wood or Madson.

  8. Will Grandi 3 years ago

    I think the Royals should bring him in to be the 6th inning guy… Lidge, Broxton, Holland should be able to get the Royals to Soria. The rotation will be handing the ball over in the 6th more often than not.

  9. Will Grandi 3 years ago

    I think the Royals should bring him in to be the 6th inning guy… Lidge, Broxton, Holland should be able to get the Royals to Soria. The rotation will be handing the ball over in the 6th more often than not.

  10. FillyPhan 3 years ago

    Dude there is no need to spam a thread. The Cubs arent even mentioned.

    I wouldn’t mind the phillies picking him up on the cheap as a 8th inning option if Jose C. isnt able to stay healthy

  11. s8n666 3 years ago

    What are the Cubs supposed to do with him?  Unless he is willing to sign for like a million.  I would rather have Kerry Wood.

  12. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    Clicking “post” once is sufficient.

    The force is not strong with this one.

  13. FillyPhan 3 years ago

    He does it on every single post, I think he just needs to be heard, probably ignored in real life.

  14. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    I know the MLBTR app has commenting issues [why you see (null) all the time]. Could be what’s happening to old Ben.

  15. FillyPhan 3 years ago

    Won’t post 5 times, if you don’t click 5 times.

  16. FillyPhan 3 years ago

    Sounds about right, he was always good at leveling the playing field.

  17. Will Grandi 3 years ago

    Are you telling me that Lidge wouldn’t love the chance to be the Royals 6th inning guy?

  18. Will Grandi 3 years ago

    A metal band from Bethesda, Maryland…

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