Brad Lidge in talks with Colorado Rockies
Former Astros closer Brad Lidge could be headed to the Rockies. On December 7 we tweeted that Lidge could be joining the team that plays in his home state. Since then talks have heated up between the Rockies and Lidge’s agent.
Denver Post reporter Troy Renck says the Rockies have discussed the possibility of acquiring Lidge as a setup man for newly appointed closer Rafael Betancourt. Lidge has stated that he is willing to pitch in a non-closing role. Lidge’s agent Rex Gary said “It’s no secret that Brad would be comfortable in Colorado if something can be worked out.” Lidge grew up in the area and still has a home there.
Lidge missed a large chunk of last season due to a rotator cuff injury. When he returned, Lidge had lost some velocity off his fastball. But the 35 year-old was able to post a 1.40 ERA in 19 & 2/3 innings, thanks in part to his still devastating slider. Lidge could provide the Rockies with a fallback option for Betancourt, who has very little experience as a closer.
The Rockies have been active this winter, most notably trading their closer, Huston Street, to San Diego and signing Free Agent Michael Cuddyer to bolster the offense.