The Phils would love to move him and his $24 million deal… but that won’t be easy.
Notice I didn’t say IMPOSSIBLE!
Philadelphia needs to find some teams who are also willing to move around some salaries and bad deals… and it would help if a team has a gullible general manager, another team needs to slash payroll because of an impending divorce and yet another club has no payroll restrictions.
The Staff at Sully Baseball has devised a 9 team trade involving 11 players and a bunch of bad contracts.
In the end Brad Lidge will have found a home after being passed like a hot potato to all 9 teams and only 2 teams would see their own payroll affected more than a few million dollars.
Here’s how the trade would unfold.
The Phillies deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Reds for Francisco Cordero and his $25 million deal over 2 years.
The Reds deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Royals for Gil Meche and Jose Guillen (combined $24 million but both done after this year)
The Royals deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Mets for Oliver Perez and his 2 years $24 million deal
The Mets deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Cubs for Milton Bradley and his $21 million deal over 2 years
The Cubs deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Mariners for Carlos Silva and his $24 million deal over 2 years
The Mariners deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Angels for Gary Matthews Jr and his $23 million deal over 2 years
The Angels deal Brad Lidge for his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Dodgers for Juan Pierre and George Sherrill (combined 2 years for $27 million)
The Dodgers deal Brad Lidge and his $24 million deal over 2 years to the Yankees for Kei Igawa and his 2 year $8 million deal
What the trade means to each team…
Francisco Cordero for Brad LidgeCordero can close and Lidge is done in Philadelphia
Payroll Difference: + $1 million
Gil Meche and Jose Guillen for Francisco Cordero
Cincy can sign a closer and they get a decent starter and a malcontented but talented outfielder, something Dusty Baker has some experience with.
Payroll Difference: EVEN
Oliver Perez for Gil Meche and Jose Guillen
KC gets a talented but inconsistent pitcher. But getting Jose Guillen off the team is a plus.
Payroll Difference: EVEN
Milton Bradley for Oliver Perez
Getting Perez out of New York is a must. Slashing payroll is a plus. Maybe Bradley can thrive with a change of scenery. Maybe Omar Minaya will be the billionth person to think that Bradley's talents will cancel out his baggage.
Payroll Difference: - $3 million
Carlos Silva for Milton Bradley
The Cubs would be lucky to get used toilet paper for Milton Bradley. And who knows? Maybe Silva can be a decent #4 starter with any luck.
Payroll Difference: +3 million
Gary Matthews Jr. for Carlos Silva
Both players are damaged goods, but maybe Matthews can take advantage of the gaps in the outfield. Besides, the Mariners are clearly coveting all things Angels.
Payroll Difference: -$1 million
Juan Pierre and George Sherrill for Gary Matthews Jr.
The Angels get a speedy outfielder who might replace Chone Figgins plus some needed bullpen depth while fleecing their cross highway neighbors.
Payroll Difference: +$4 million
Kei Igawa for Juan Pierre and George Sherrill
This is clearly a salary dump, but with the impending nasty divorce that is brewing over Dodger land, it might be prudent to demp essentially a fourth outfielder and a set up man to free up some dough.
Payroll Difference: -$19 million
Brad Lidge for Kei Igawa
The sooner Igawa is gone, the sooner the biggest blunder in Brian Cashman’s career will be wiped from the records. Plus Lidge won’t have to close… there’s a fellow named Rivera doing that. He can just let it rip in the 8th… and maybe send Joba to the rotation forever. Yeah it is a bump in salary… but these aren’t the Pirates! These are the Yankees! They can afford it.
Payroll Difference: +$16 million
Ahhh if only the Winter Meetings were really like this!