Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Phillies Acquire Lidge/Send Bourn
This is an exclusive article I wrote for MVN.com, please visit that site as most of my in-depth articles are posted there.
"Ed Wade made his first move as the new Astro’s GM tonight by sending reliever Brad Lidge and short-stop Eric Bruntlett to Philadelphia in return for outfielder Michael Bourn, RHP Geoff Geary, and 3B’man Mike Costanzo.
Analysis: Pretty big news on Philadelphia’s side, acquiring a closer for a team that was having weak rotation problems. The amazing part of this deal is the fact that Brett Myers will now most likely re-enter the Phillies’ rotation, shoring up any rotational problems the club was having.
On Houston’s side, Ed Wade’s decision makes quite a bit of sense. Michael Bourn is only 24-years old and has showed the ability to put the ball on the ground and steal quite a bit of bases. In 2007, Bourn hit a ground ball 59.6% of the time, a very good ratio for a left-handed speedster. His 18 SB’s in only 119 AB’s are also very impressive. The trio of Eric Bruntlett, Geoff Geary, and Mike Costanzo aren’t anything special and just cushion for the real deal of Lidge for Bourn. Bruntlett is a 29-year old infielder who did nothing special in 2007, batting .246 with 0 HR’s and only driving in 14. Geary is an average reliever at best, which is still better than most of the arms in Houston’s pen. As for Costanzo, most scouts believe he has a slim chance of even making the major-leagues.
If I were to choose, the Phillies definitely came out on top in this deal, acquiring a top-brand closer and not giving up much but an outfielder they had no room for in 2008. This deal is going to look even better for Philadelphia once Brett Myers goes back to being the ace they needed so badly. Ed Wade, make sure you study a bit more before making your next move." (MVN.com)