August 27, 2009
The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly put all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman(notes) on waivers as well as center fielder Mike Cameron(notes). Word is that the Philadelphia Phillies could have interest in bringing in Hoffman, according to Bleacher Report.
Current Phillies closer Brad Lidge(notes), who was completely unstoppable last year, is falling apart and now has more blown saves than Mitch Williams did in 1993. Williams, of course, was known as Wild Thing and lost the 1993 World Series for the Phillies by blowing two saves, one of them by giving up a Game 6 Series-clinching homer to Joe Carter that will forever be on Williams' permanent record. And other relievers aren't stepping in to help Lidge out: When the Phillies used Ryan Madson(notes) last night in the ninth after ace Cole Hamels(notes) delivered eight scoreless innings, he promptly gave up the tying run.
So the Phillies are hurting in the closer spot. Manager Charlie Manuel is saying that Lidge is his boy and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is saying he's done putting together this year's puzzle. But there is some speculation that the Phillies are at least interested in bringing in the 41-year-old Hoffman from the Brewers. After all, he's got a 1.89 ERA and 27 saves so far this season. That's two more saves than Lidge has this season and a far lower ERA. Lidge's currently stands at 7.33. Ouch. The Wild Thing's ERA was only 3.34 in 1993.