The Phillies did the obvious today and declined the options on Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt. Amaro reluctantly forked over $3.5M in contract buyouts rather than ante up for $28.5M between the two of them. This nets them $25M, so it was a smart decision.
"We will remain in contact with representatives for both players about the possibility of bringing them back for the 2012 season,” said the omnipotent one Ruben Amaro Jr.
In my opinion, Phils have more pressing needs than retaining either of their services, but at the right price, I'd welcome both back. Lidge 1 year $1.5M with incentives. Oswalt 2 years $16M. However, each likely wants more, and rightfully so...so sayonara.