Phillies Trade for Lidge

Will take over closer role held by Brett Myers
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Nov 8, 2007 5:28 AM CST
Houston Astros pitcher Brad Lidge gets the out on Milwaukee's Kevin Mensch in the ninth inning in a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, in Houston. Houston defeated Milwaukee...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Phillies acquired former All-Star Brad Lidge along with utility man Eric Bruntlet from the Astros yesterday in exchange for Michael Bourn, reliever Geoff Geary and minor-league third baseman Mike Costanzo.

Lidge will take over the closer role that Brett Myers held last season and Myers will be sent back to the rotation, a move Myers isn't particularly pleased about.  "It's a little disappointing because I felt closing was good for me. But the team has other needs and I can do both. I'm not surprised. You could read between the lines," Myers said after being informed of the trade. Lidge, who had off-season knee surgery, is expected to be 100% by opening day.