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Lidge Helps Phillies Land Oswalt – SportsUntapped.com
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Added July 30th, 2010 by Chalk

Lidge Helps Phillies Land Oswalt
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Closer Brad Lidge has saved only 10 games for the Phillies this season, down considerably from his average of 36 saves a year in his first two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love.  But his greatest closing job may have been convincing his former Astros teammate Roy Oswalt to waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to join the Phillies rotation.  And all Lidge had to do was a little bit of fibbing.

“He wanted to know about Philadelphia and the city,” Lidge said stifling giggles as he approached the punchline. “I told him it’s been great.”  And that rube Oswalt actually believed him!

“We played together for seven years and I trust his opinion,” said Oswalt demonstrating his incredible naïveté. “He told me that the clubhouse was great and that I was going to love it over there. His opinion means a lot to me.”

Oswalt did say that one drawback of coming to Philadelphia was that he thinks the backend of the Phillies rotation is incredibly weak and he has no confidence in Joe Blanton or Kyle Kendrick.

Personally, I think giving up J.A. Happ was too high a price for the Phillies to pay for Oswalt, but at least the Astros are paying almost half of the $23 million Oswalt is guaranteed through the end of next season.  With the Phillies just 2.5 back of the Braves for first place in the NL East and 1.5 back of the wild card, Philadelphia looks like a good bet to not just get back to the postseason but to repeat as NL champs.

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