"In talking internally with our baseball and field staff, we had the feeling that it was unlikely that Cory Lidle was going to sign with us next season," said Cincinnati general manager Dan O'Brien, citing the team's policy not to negotiate contracts during the season.
"Partially, it was an internal evaluation by our baseball operation and field staff," O'Brien added. "Cory's agent called and I explained our policy about not talking about contracts during the season. He was respectful of that policy, but shared items that led us to believe it was unlikely that Cory would sign with us."
Right-hander Josh Hancock will serve as Lidle's replacement in the Reds' starting rotation. The 26-year-old Hancock is 2-1 this season with a 8.49 ERA.
"One thing that this allows us to do is move Josh Hancock into the rotation," said O'Brien. "He's been in our bullpen because we did not have a place for him in our rotation. Talking with Dave Miley and Don Gullett, they're both excited to give Josh a chance and see what he has."
An injury to Philadelphia starter Kevin Millwood, who was placed on the 15-day DL with acute tendinitis in his right elbow, necessitated the deal for the Phillies.
"With the injury to Kevin Millwood, the Phillies were agressively pursuing [Lidle]," said O'Brien. "We were pleased to add talented players with bright futures."