While the New York Mets twiddle their thumbs, re-signing accessories, such as Marlon Anderson, and meeting with Alex Rodriquez's agent, Scott Boras, their NL East enemy, the Philadelphia Phillies, have dived into the trading waters and pulled out a winner. The Phils bolstered their bullpen by trading three players to the Houston Astros for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett.
All the Phillies had to give up were outfielder Michael Bourn, reliever Geoff Geary, and Minor League third baseman Mike Costanzo.
Against the Mets last season, Lidge pitched an inning of scoreless, hitless ball. He'll likely pitch a lot more against the Mets this season.
In 2007, batters hit only .218 against Lidge, who struck out 11.8 hitters per nine innings.