Mike Lieberthal says he will retire. Lieberthal played with the Phillies for 13 years of his 14-year career. He was the Phils first round pick and third pick overall in the 1990 draft. He was an All-Star with the Phils in 1999 and in 2000 and put back-to-back nice seasons together again in 2002 and 2003.

Through no fault of his own, Lieberthal spent just about his whole career with the Phillies and never got a playoff at-bat. In the first seven seasons he played for the Phils, the team finished at least 20 games out of first place in the NL East in every season. He came real close to sniffing the playoffs in ’05, but the team fell short to the Astros in heartbreaking fashion.

Here’s hoping it at least does something for the value of Dwight Schrute’s bobblehead collection.

This article says that Lidge says he’ll be careful with his right knee in spring training coming of surgery. It also suggests that Chad Durbin is in as the fifth guy in the Phils’ pen, along with Romero, Lidge, Madson and Gordon. Durbin has appeared in 114 career games, 75 of which have been as a starter. Chad Durbin as the fifth guy in the pen makes a lot of sense. I would say that the other four guys, Romero, Lidge, Madson and Gordon, are close to a hundred percent to be on the team and in the pen if they are healthy and haven’t been traded by opening day. I think we’ll still see Durbin on the team, but I’m not quite as confident about him as I am about the other guys in the group.

This article reminds that Ryan Howard’s agent thinks that when Ryan Howard signs a long-term deal it will exceed the deal that Utley got. Here’s an interview with the agent from Baseball America.

The A’s designated right-handed reliever Ruddy Lugo for assignment. Lugo has a 4.39 ERA and a 1.48 ratio in 133 1/3 career innings with the Devil Rays and A’s.

This article says that Ozzie Guillen thinks that Freddy Garcia might not pitch this season.