It Just Continues
If last year was the offseason of fiscal restraint, all signs point towards this offseason being a return to insanity. Omar Vizquel’s brutal three year contract has now been topped, as the Phillies have given Corey Lidle a 2 year, $6.3 million contract. This Cory Lidle. Apparently, a 4.90 ERA, just over 5 strikeouts per 9 innings, and a history of mediocrity weren’t enough to convince the Phillies that Lidle just isn’t very good.
For comparison, Lidle’s 2004 VORP was 12.3. Ryan Franklin’s was 22.7. There may just be a market for dumping Franklin’s contract yet.