Philadelphia Phillies Make Pitchers Oswalt, Lidge Free Agents

The Philadelphia Phillies declined to pick up contract options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge, making the 34-year-old pitchers unrestricted free agents.

“We will remain in contact with representatives for both players about the possibility of bringing them back for the 2012 season,” Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in an e-mailed news release.

Oswalt started 23 games this season, going 9-10 with a 3.69 earned run average. He joined the Phillies at the 2010 trade deadline, going 16-11 with a 2.96 ERA since then.

Oswalt pitched this season on a staff that included past Cy Young Award winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, All-Star Cole Hamels and Vance Worley, who went 11-3. All four are under contract next season.

Lidge, who struck out the Tampa Bay Rays’ Eric Hinske to secure the Phillies’ World Series title in 2008, made 25 relief appearances this season, going 0-2 with one save and a 1.40 ERA. The former full-time closer had 48 saves in as many attempts in 2008, including the postseason, and in four seasons in Philadelphia had 100 saves and a 3.73 ERA. He also went 12-for-12 in save opportunities during the playoffs.

The Phillies led Major League Baseball with a 102-60 record this season, falling in five games in the National League Division Series to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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