The Phillies today officially declined options on right-handed pitchers Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt. The veterans will become free agents this winter.
Obviously the Yankees don’t have much use for Lidge, but at the right price, Oswalt could be a short-term investment to fill a rotation spot while the Yankees wait for their top pitching prospects to finish their development. Again, it all depends on the price (doesn’t it always?).
A few other quick notes from this afternoon…
• Commissioner Bud Selig will announce the Hank Aaron Award winners tonight at 7 ET. The awards go to the top offensive players in each league.
• David Waldstein tweeted today that Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner spoke today at Yankee Stadium. No deal is done just yet, but it obviously seems to be moving that direction.
• Joel Sherman wrote today that the Yankees seem more interested in Yu Darvish than C.J. Wilson. Sherman also wonders whether the Yankees and Pirates might be a trade match because of the Pirates desire for a young catcher.