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Brad Lidge will be saving games in Philadelphia through at least the 2011 season, after the pitcher agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract extension.
The deal includes a 2012 club option and performance incentives.
Say what you will about the Phillies’ front office, but this is perfect. Lidge is obviously the best closer in the National League, and he’s locked up before the end of July, when teams would go into a bit of a panic mode and tempt the Phillies to make a deal, potentially thinking they could slide Brett Myers back into the closer’s role in Lidge’s spot.
Lidge’s contract runs about the same length as some of the other core players: Chase Utley is signed through 2013, Jimmy Rollins is signed through 2011, Ryan Howard is under control (arbitration) until after the 2011 season, and Cole Hamels is under control until after the 2012 season. So, the Phillies should be competitive at least for the next two or three years.
The next order of business for the Phillies is to re-sign Pat Burrell.