Lidge goes to Phillies from Astros for Bourn, Geary
By Jerry Crasnick
Updated: November 7, 2007, 10:49 PM ET
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Phillies acquired reliever Brad Lidge from the Houston Astros in a five-player trade on Wednesday night.
The Phillies sent outfielder Michael Bourn, pitcher Geoff Geary and minor leaguer Mike Costanzo to Houston, and received infielder Eric Bruntlett in addition to Lidge.
It was the first trade of the general managers' meetings this year.
The 30-year-old Lidge was 5-3 with 19 saves in 27 chances for the Astros last year. He struggled to close out games but held batters to a .218 average and averaged 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Philadelphia intends to move Brett Myers, who had been their closer, back into the starting rotation.
Bruntlett hit .246 with 14 RBIs last season, seeing time at shortstop, third base and the outfield.
Bourn batted .277 as a rookie this year with one homer, six RBIs and 18 steals, and Geary was 3-2 with a 4.41 ERA with the Phillies. Costano, 24, batted .270 with 27 homers and 86 RBIs at Double-A Reading.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
The first major trade of the off-season.