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New Chapter in Phillies History Begins With Declining of Options on Oswalt, Lidge

Teams hardly ever win on pre-season predictions.

Just ask Dwayne Wade when LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

So when Cliff Lee rejoined the Phillies in December, the “Four Aces” were born.


It would not last. Possibility, all but one season?

That is baseball.

The possibility of losing one of the “Four Aces” became a possibility when on Monday afternoon the Phillies declared that they were not picking up the options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge.

While the club did not close the door on either player, a possibility that either one would sign with another team exists.

"While we will not pick up either of their options, we will remain in contact with representatives for both players about the possibility of bringing them back for the 2012 season," said Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "Brad and Roy both made significant contributions to the Phillies over the past several seasons."

Oswalt made quite a splash when he came to Philadelphia mid-season 2010.

He went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA, and was undefeated at home.

Oswalt had an injury-plagued 2010 and at times it seemed if he had lost something off the fastball.

The ‘third ace” went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA. Roy-oswalt-ap2

Brad Lidge is a more mercurial in his Phillies career.

As Phillies fan, who could ever forget this moment in late October, 2008.

Lidge Ruiz

Lidge was a perfect 41-41 in save opportunities in regular/post-season play  in 2008.

He was less perfect in 2009 and 2010, and this season, did not play until July because of injury. He was 0-2 with one save and a 1.40 ERA in 25 appearances for the Phillies this past season.

Funny, I went to a game in June, the second game of a double header against Florida, and I saw Lidge in his black sedan pulling out into the street just outside the stadium.

He had not pitched yet that season and seeing him in that car, well he was paying attention to the traffic, but I thought, he seemed to be an after thought in the 2012 season.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Thanks, Brad.

We will forever be in debt for the season you gave us in 2008.

In early August, Lidge got his 100th save as a Phillies when Ryan Madson was away for the birth of his son.

Lidge got his 1-2-3 save in Los Angeles.

It was a cool moment for Lidge and the Phillies.

But at that point, many of us knew then that Lidge was probably playing his last season as a Phillie.

Who else will go?

Rollins, Madson, Ibanez?

Sure is to be a different offseason.

Despite a club record 102 wins this season, an early first-round loss puts a different spin that even a week or two before the regular season's end, seemed as if it would be the championship season.





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