Right-handers Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts with the Phillies yesterday.
From a Phillies news release: Lidge, 31, will earn $6.35 million this season, while Madson will earn $1.4 million, including performance bonuses for each pitcher. Acquired from the Houston Astros in November, Lidge, who is a free agent after the season, went 5-3 with 19 saves and a 3.36 ERA in 66 games. He had the fifth-most strikeouts (88) among all Major League relievers and the sixth-highest strikeout ratio (11.82 strikeouts/9.0 innings). Madson, 27, went 2-2 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 38 games. His season was cut short due to two separate stints on the disabled list. Infielders Eric Bruntlett and Ryan Howard are the Phillies’ final two arbitration-eligible players remaining.
Beerleaguer: Two very important pieces to the 2008 puzzle. The Phillies may have tried offering Lidge an extension beyond '08 and could still try locking him down during the season, however the new closer will need to prove he’s healthy from an October surgery on his right knee. Madson tries to rebound from shoulder problems that caused him to miss the final two months of ’07. He has one more season of arbitration eligibility before becoming a free agent.