In: Closer- Brad Lidge and Utility Infielder Eric Bruntlett. Lidge is a fireballer with closer tenacity, and is a welcomed addition to a lackluster bullpen. He brings with him 123 saves, 561 k's in only 401 ip, 3.30 era, and sparkling 1.20 whip. He's had some ups and downs over the past 2 seasons, but overall he's a tremendous reliever. Eric Bruntlett takes the place of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named as the primary backup at SS and 2nd with the glove to handle 3rd in late innings in replace of Dobbs/Helms. Brunt has even toiled some innings at all 3 outfield positions...added bonus in case of emergency. He's a .250 career hitter with a .687 OPS, but remember this is an upgrade.
Out: Michael Bourn, Gas Can Geary, and Mike Costanzo. I'll miss Bourn and his lightning quick speed on the basepaths, but at the expense of acquiring a closer I'm alright with his absence from the team next season. Gas Can has a classic nickname, but lets not forget how he got that infamous moniker. Thirdbase "prospect" Mike Costanzo is a strikeout and error making machine and in my opinion only possesses MLB power- nothing else, so I'm not too sad to see him go.
Outcome: I like this trade because the report is that Brett "the Hit Man" Myers is going back to the rotation where Corey and I both feel he should have been the entire time. That now gives us a starting 5 of Hamels, Myers, Kendrick, Moyer, and Eaton- I'll take that. Lidge is a decent closer, and Bruntlett will serve his purpose in the utility role. The departure of Bourn and most likely on his heels Aaron Rowand will leave us with Jayson Werth as the starting RF, and that scares me. Hopefully Gillick goes and signs a 3rd baseman to allow Dobbs to platoon with Werth or a quality 4th outfielder type because we all know Burrell needs a breather and Werth hasn't shown he can play every day yet. Still need to get some more relief help though...