“When Lidge entered the offseason as a free agent, he believed he could find a team willing to sign him as a closer. He also believed the Phillies were his fallback position.
‘I wanted to see if I had any chance to close somewhere else,’ he said. ‘When I realized I didn't, I was coming back to the Phillies. Right after New Year's, I said [to agent Rex Gary], 'Let's go back to Philadelphia for sure.' At some point in mid-January, we said, 'Let's talk about what we want to do.' They said, 'We've got nothing.' That was unexpected.
‘They initially said that they'd be crazy not to have me back and it looked like it was going to happen. They didn't make an official offer or anything, but they had talked about numbers a little bit and we kind of knew where they were, and they said they wanted me back at that, and I was comfortable with it.’
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies could not afford to wait for Lidge to make a decision. ‘We talked about a modest deal early,’ Amaro said. ‘At the time, it wasn't something they wanted to do, so we moved in a different direction.’”
Both sides appear to be content with the situation but Lidge still does not appear jovial about how his free agent negotiations with the Phillies went.
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