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Phillies 2008 World Series Hero Brad Lidge Plans to Retire

The most iconic photo of Brad Lidge.

The most iconic photo of Brad Lidge.

Free-agent reliever and former Phillies Brad Lidge has informed his agents, Rex Gary & Jim Turner, that he plans to retire.

Lidge, who was a perfect 41-for-41 in the regular season and another 7-for-7 in save opportunities during the Phillies 2008 World Series championship season, will hang the cleats up after 11 seasons in the Majors.

Lidge’s career was filled with ultimate lows and highs, including the infamous home run he gave up to Albert Pujols in 2005 to his perfect season as a Phillie.

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Nats Reportedly DFA Lidge

According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, the Washington Nationals have designated right-handed reliever Brad Lidge for assignment.

Comack added that nothing has been made official from the team yet but Lidge wasn’t included in today’s lineup card. UPDATE: It’s official.

Lidge, 35, is struggling in 2012. In 11 games he’s 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.

Though he’s been bad, it would be an interesting option for the Phillies, who boast one of the worst bullpens in baseball.

Lidge may have struggled in Washington but if he’s put back in a familiar situation with a familiar pitching coach in Rich Dubee, he could turn into a competent arm out of the pen.

Matt Gelb feels it’s unlikely the Phils pursue Lidge because his history past was a red flag this off season.

Lidge on Nats: “Probably the most talented team I’ve ever been on”

Davey Johnson must be sharing his “cough medicine” with the rest of his team now.

Former Phillies closer, and 2008 World Series hero, said that the 2012 Washington Nationals are the most talented team he’s been on.

“Probably the most talented team I’ve ever been on, and I’ve been on some great teams,” Lidge said.

I have no comment.

 

The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

Brad Lidge, who like Tugger, will be remembered for his iconic celebration to close the final game of only the 2nd championship in 130 years of Phillies baseball. (mlb.com/Mary Schwalm)

The phrase “what have you done for me lately” has become somewhat of an anthem for Philadelphia fans.

And rightfully so it may seem, the sense of nostalgia and gratitude come to mind when referencing some of Philadelphia’s most notable athletes.

A little over three years ago, though recent, hardly counts under “lately” but in the case of Brad Lidge, it doesn’t really matter.

What Lidge did during the 2008 season, especially in the closing month of October, will always define his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, regardless how the final three years here played out.

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Phils, Pence in a tug-of-war; Lidge close to signing with Nats

Arbitration is one of the most frustrating parts of the off season. And the Phillies and right fielder Hunter Pence are both finding this out the hard way.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, both parties are $2.8 million off their amounts for arbitration.

Pence filed for $11.8 million while the Phillies put in for $9 million. He made $6.6 million in 2011.

This isn’t something new for Pence’s agent, who took Pence and the Houston Astros to arbitration last off season.

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Phils offer arbitration to Madson, Rollins, Ibanez

In a move to get compensation for possibly losing three crucial free agents this off season, the Phillies offered arbitration to closer Ryan Madson, short stop Jimmy Rollins and left fielder Raul Ibanez.

All three have until December 7 to accept or decline the arbitration. If they accept, they will sign a one-year deal with the dollar amount determined through arbitration. If they decline and sign elsewhere, the Phillies will be compensated for the loss.

Both Rollins and Madson are considered elite free agents. If they sign elsewhere, the Phillies will receiver two picks: one being a sandwich pick, and the other depending on where the signing team’s first-round selection falls – if it’s a top 15 pick, the Phils get a 2nd rounder. If it’s below, the Phils get that pick. In this case, they’d hope a good team signs one of the free agents.

With the Phillies signing Jonathan Papelbon last week, it looks like the Phils will be getting compensation from Madson, who will be seeking a nice pay day elsewhere.

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Madson, Phils still discussing four-year deal

(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

UPDATE — The report that Phillies and closer Ryan Madson have agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal was premature, according to Ken Rosenthal.

President David Montgomery has yet to approve the deal and the Phillies are still considering their other options, which include Boston free agent Jonathan Papelbon.

Nov. 8 — The Phillies and closer Ryan Madson have agreed on a four-year deal that will ink the right-hander for a total of $44 million.

All that’s standing in the way is the OK from president David Montgomery.

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Phils decline options for Lidge, Oswalt

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“(The) Phillies, as expected, decline options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge,” according to Matt Gelb on Twitter.

Oswalt was expected to make $16 million in 2012 if the Phils took up his option. They had a $2 million buyout on his contract. Lidge’s option was worth $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout.

Both players will likely not be back with the Phillies if Oswalt decides to not retire or take less money or if Lidge decides to take less money.

GM Ruben Amaro did say in a statement that he would negotiate with both pitchers.

This could have very well been Oswalt’s last chance at a World Series ring, a complete shame indeed.

Francisco’s heroics put Cardinals on brink of elimination

Phils pinch-hitter Ben Francisco hits a three-run home run in the 7th inning. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Phillies put their right-handed outfielder into tonight’s line up in hopes to solve Jaime Garcia.

Except, that right-handed outfield wasn’t John Mayberry Jr., who was 0-for-3 through the first seven innings. Instead, it was little used Ben Francisco that came through in a big way against the Cardinals soft-throwing lefty.

Prior to the 7th, Garcia had allowed only three hits and a walk in six shut out innings. Things looked glum for the Phillies offense, who were giving Garcia short at-bats and preserving his chances at an eight or nine-inning outing.

Cole Hamels bought the Phillies as much time as possible. Though he lasted only six innings, throwing a grueling 118 pitches, not a single runner crossed the plate as Hamels surrendered only fives hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Unfortunately for Garcia, that bought time caught up to him.

After Garcia walked Carlos Ruiz to take his chances on the pinch-hitter, he was forced to pay dearly for the mistake. An 89-MPH fastball was left over the plate for Francisco, who blasted the pitch into the left field bull pen to give the Phils a 3-0 lead.

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Kendrick looks good in spot start

It had been 21 games since Kyle Kendrick took the mound as the starting pitcher.

The right-hander didn’t look as such, pitching almost Cliff Lee-like in his start. But that Lee guy will be pitching tonight in about two hours. Kendrick led the Phils to a 3-1 victory in the first half of the double-header.

Kendrick took a no-hitter into the 5th, losing it to the innings first batter Logan Morrison. The pitch to Morrison would wind up being the only mistake on Kendrick’s line, a solo homer to right center to make it a 2-1 game. Kendrick pitched five innings, needing only 78 pitches as he allowed a run on two hits while striking out six.

The rest of the Phillies bullpen, compiled of Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson closed out the game for the Phils.

The Phils got two runs in the 1st inning. Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez each hit RBI doubles to give the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. The Marlins cut the deficit in half with the Morrison homer. The Phils tacked on one more in the 7th when Placido Polanco was walked with the bases loaded.

Game 2 of the double head starts at 7:35. Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44) is on the hill for the Phils and Alex Sanabia (0-0, 0.00) will be making his first start of the season for the Fish. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, who sat the first game, will be in the line up.

2B: Pence (36), Ibanez (30).

WP: Kendrick (8-6). LP: Sanchez (8-8). S: Madson (31).

Boxscore.

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