The biggest non-injury news of the postseason has emerged and it involves free agency for a pair of veteran pitchers.
The Phillies have declined the 2012 options to pitchers Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt, the club announced today. The club said in a statement that they will remain in contact with representatives for both players about the possibility of bringing them back for the 2012 season. Lidge, 34, went 0-2 with one save and a 1.40 ERA in 25 appearances for the Phillies in 2011, his fourth season with the club. Oswalt, 34, went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts in an injury-plagued campaign.
Oswalt's mutual option would have been for $16 million. He will instead receive a $2 million buyout. Lidge would have stood to receive $12.5 million and will get a $1.5 million buyout.