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Brad Lidge spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. On Thursday the former Phillies closer will sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team. Lidge, 36, announced in December that he planned to retire. Retired closer Brad Lidge will sign a 1-day contract Thursday with the #Phillies and retire in their uniform, throwing out 1st pitch Thu. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2013   In his 11 year career Lidge pitched for Houston, Philadelphia and Washington. Lidge was a key part of the 2008 Phillies who won the World Series finishing that year with 41 saves and a 1.95 ERA.

Why the Nationals Should Sell, not buy, at the Trade Deadline

The Washington Nationals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday July 25 by a score of 9-7 after Bryce Harper homered in the bottom of the ninth inning for an electrifying walk-off win. While Harper provided an exciting finish, the top of the ninth was a miserable nightmare started by Rafael Soriano and finished by IanKrol. Soriano entered the game with a 7-3 lead...

Jonathan Papelbon rips Phillies

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is ready to pack his bags and leave Philadelphia if they don’t turn things around. “I definitely didn’t come here for this,” Papelbon told Papelbon signed a a four-year, $50 million contract in November 2011.  He was asked what he thought about 

Video: Wilson Ramos hits grand slam, takes curtain call

"That’s the team I want to see." (Wilson Ramos, via Washington Times, 7/28/2013) Nationals 14, Mets 1: Who are these guys? After Game 1 on Friday, did anyone see this coming? Up above, video of Wilson Ramos clubbing his third inning grand slam. Onward and upward? (Screencap via MASN/ video) Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Will Phillies be able to trade Lee?

If it's July, Cliff Lee must be on the trade market. Actually, Lee hasn't been traded during the season since 2010. Chances are, he will not be traded before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. But the Phillies are discussing their All-Star left-hander with other clubs, according to major league sources, creating the possibility of another Lee blockbuster. One...

Abe Lincoln takes out Teddy Roosevelt

For those that think Abraham Lincoln was some passive president that hid behind his powerful military, well, we want to put that to rest. Yesterday, on a beautiful afternoon in the Nation’s Capitol, Honest Abe took out everyone’s favorite Rough Rider in the President Race at the Washington Nationals game. Watch as Lincoln hides in the stands and then stealthily attacks Teddy...

Steve Susdorf Designated For Assignment

We will always have the dropped fly ball. The Phillies will make room for third baseman Cody Asche by designating for assignment outfielder Steve Susdorf. Susdorf was 1 for 7 and started one game for the Phillies. Plenty of parts are on the move, but for now it appears Michael...

Cliff Lee Is Expensive

The Phillies will not give Cliff Lee away for some peanuts and a sack of potatoes. But I thought you knew that already. As we have seen Lee go from untouchable to maybe-touchable, one thing remains: Lee is a top pitcher. What else would you expect? CBS's Jon Heyman wrote...

Jonathan Papelbon Points to Red Sox’ Rebuilding Process After 2011 Season as Direction Phillies Should Take

When the Red Sox’ roster was dismantled after the disastrous September in 2011, Jonathan Papelbon found himself on the way out of town. Now in Philadelphia, the closer believes the Red Sox had the right idea about rebuilding, and the Phillies would be wise to follow their lead. While hopes were high in Philly at the beginning of the season, Philadelphia now finds themselves 10...

Phillies 7, Giants 3

If the trade rumors bothered the Philadelphia Phillies, they only have a few hours left. Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young hit two-run homers to back John Lannan, and the Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Tuesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Phillies beat the New York Mets 13-8 in their first game after the All-Star break, but scored a total of 14 in the...

Report: Phillies Want Xander Bogaerts From Red Sox to Give Up Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee is undoubtedly the biggest difference-maker among pitchers who could even conceivably be traded by Wednesday. With Lee signed through at least 2015, it’s going to take a pretty penny to pry the left-hander away from the Philadelphia Phillies. The Boston Red Sox could likewise use some pitching help, and the team certainly has the prospects to make a deal happen, if they...

Ramos’ Grand Slam, Offensive Outburst Power Nats To Victory Over Mets

Three games ago, Dan Haren declared the Washington Nationals (52-54) had reached rock bottom of their shaky season after getting pounded by the New York Mets (46-55) in an 11-0 defeat. From rock bottom, there is nowhere to go but up, and the Nationals proved this on Sunday by giving the Mets a taste of their own medicine with a series-winning 14-1 victory. Since that atrociously...

Olney: Phils Reaching Out to Other Teams

So it begins. ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Phillies are calling other teams to let them know some players are available. All, except one: PHI has reached out to other teams to let other teams know that players are available, including Michael Young. Cliff Lee not on the list. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013 All most of us can say is, about damn time. After Saturday’s...

Papelbon likely going no where

After an eight game losing streak the Philadelphia Phillies have decided to sell and sell hard. One guy who has been talked about a lot is closer Jonathan Papelbon, especially with teams like the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in need of closers. One of them, the Tigers, satisfied their need with a trade for Jose Veras so that takes one team out of the market. Unfortunately...

Fantasy Baseball Advice: Three Up for Week Eighteen

With seventeen full weeks of the 2013 season in the books, today RotoBaller casts a critical eye on three players who are on the rise heading into Week 18: 1) Jayson Werth (OF, WAS): Even at the time the Nats signed Werth to a 7-year $126M, deal the consensus was that Werth couldn’t possibly play [...]

Cliff Lee and the Cost of an Ace

With the Phillies finally admitting that they’re not going anywhere fast, Ruben Amaro is talking to teams about Cliff Lee. The Red Sox are reportedly showing the most interest, and despite the fact that Boston is on Lee’s 21 team no-trade list, those are almost always negotiable, and Lee would probably rather play for a winner than an aging team with no clear path to get back...
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