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Rockies looking at Brad Lidge after dealing Huston Street

Dec 7, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

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The Rockies freed up $7 million this morning by sending former closer Huston Street to the Padres. Now they may use a portion of those funds to ink another ex-closer, Colorado resident Brad Lidge.

After overcoming arm problems, Lidge posted a 1.40 ERA in 19 1/3 innings for the Phillies last season. He also pitched two scoreless innings against the Cardinals in the NLDS. His velocity is well down following shoulder surgery, but by throwing his slider the majority of the time, he’s still proven pretty tough to hit. The league has batted .194 and .225 against him the last two years.

If signed, Lidge would help set up for Rafael Betancourt in Colorado. He’s probably looking for a guarantee in the $4 million range, with incentives that could take him above that.

  1. xmatt0926x - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Brad Lidge is a great guy and you like to see good things happen to great guys. He also gets a big thanks for 48 for 48 in 2008 but this might not work out so well. He walks a tong of guys and is basically just a 89 mph junkballer at this point. He has a great slider if it’s working that night. If not he’s going to get rocked in Colorado. I hope it works out for him.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:41 AM

      Breaking pitches aren’t the same in Colorado either. I’d stay far away if I were the Rockies.

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