Just over two weeks since a shocking elimination in the National League Division Series, the Philadelphia Phillies began the process of reshaping their pitching staff by declining the 2012 contract options on Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt.
"While we will not pick up either of their options, we will remain in contact with representatives for both players about the possibility of bringing them back for the 2012 season," said Phillies senior vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "Brad and Roy both made significant contributions to the Phillies over the past several seasons."
Lidge, of course, will be remembered for his phenomenal 2008 season.
The right-handed closer finished 2-0 with a 1.95 earned run average and was a perfect 41-for-41 in save opportunities in 72 regular-season appearances. He added seven more saves in the postseason, helping the Phils take their first World Series since 1980.
However, the 34-year-old has been sidetracked by injuries each of the last three years. Lidge finished the 2011 campaign 0-2 with a 1.40 ERA and one save in 25 games, predominantly in a set-up role. In four Philly seasons, he went 3-11 with a 3.73 ERA and 100 saves in 158 contests, adding a 1.77 ERA and 12 saves in 22 postseason trips to the mound.
Oswalt came to the Quaker City thanks to a deal just prior to the trade deadline in 2010 from the Houston Astros.
Following a 7-1 record and 1.74 ERA in 12 starts after his acquisition, the 34-year-old struggled to post a 9-10 mark with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts in 2011. He never seemed to regain form after an early-season leave to tend to his family in his native Mississippi after deadly tornadoes rocked the region.
He spent two stints on the disabled list with lower back issues, later revealed to be a bulging disc.
Over 36 games (35 starts) with the Phillies, Oswalt went 16-11 with a 2.96 ERA.