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The Rockies have talked to Brad Lidge

Dec 16, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have talked to the agent for veteran reliever Brad Lidge. We first learned of the club’s interest during last week’s Winter Meetings.

Lidge, who turns 35 next week, didn’t make his first appearance this year until late-July due to arm problems, but ended up posting a 1.40 ERA and 23/13 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings. While his velocity was at a career-low this past season, his slider still proved to be a very effective weapon.

Renck notes that Lidge grew up in the Denver area and still has a home there, so the belief is that he would seriously consider joining the Rockies. Rafael Betancourt is expected to close next season following the recent trade of Huston Street, so Lidge would pitch in a set-up role.

  1. chaseutley - Dec 16, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Brad Lidge threw a fastball in 2010?
    Here’s hoping that he and his slider can stay healthy in 2011.

    • D.J. Short - Dec 16, 2011 at 8:41 PM

      Touche.

    • jeffro33 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      His slider wasn’t needed in 2011.

      Hoping Chase Utley’s bat returns in 2012…

  2. lembeck4 - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    I talked to the agent for Brad Lidge once, we were in line together at Panera. Pretty boring.

  3. jleo78 - Dec 16, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    washed up

  4. muckthefets23 - Dec 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Pretty sure washed up is an understatement

  5. areyesrn - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    His fastball actually reached 85mph last season

  6. jleo78 - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    better than i thought

  7. gallaghedj311 - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    He wants to return to the Phillies an I expect him back. Heard him on WIP a month ago and just listening to him speak so highly of the team, fans, and his time hear was heart warming. He said he knows hes done as a closer an would welcome a bullpen role. That final pitch in 08…..mmm im getting teary eyed just thinking about it..

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