The Phillies agreed to a one-year, $6.35 million deal with Brad Lidge and a one-year, $1.4 million deal with Ryan Madson. They’re going to need some company out in the pen, which looks like it includes Lidge, Madson, Romero and Gordon at this point with at least two and probably three spots wide open.
Eric Bruntlett and Ryan Howard are the Phillies remaining arbitration-eligible players.
The Braves traded infielders Willy Aybar and Chase Fontaine to Tampa Bay for left-handed relief pitcher Jeff Ridgway. Phillies fans should be hoping the Braves pen is worse than it was last year — the good news is it looks like there’s a good chance it will be.
This article cites Bruce Ruffin as a cautionary tale for Kyle Kendrick. Ruffin went 9-4 with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.24 ratio as a 22-year-old rookie for the Phils in 1986. He followed it up by going 11-14 with a 4.35 ERA and 1.51 ratio in ’87.
Joe Crede and the White Sox agreed to a one-year, $5.1 million deal. The linked article suggests that Crede needs to prove he’s healthy and points to San Francisco as a team that may be looking to trade for a third baseman.