Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:26 PM
Given his second-half performance, I believe Nathan is likely in position for a decent season. His velocity was getting back up there while he had regained the bite on his slider. Still, based on how the market played out, $7 million wound up being pretty steep. In Lidge's case, he finished the season strong in September but his velocity had dropped to below 90 on average and greatly favored his slider - throwing it 70% of the time. For someone with a rash of arm ailments, turning to a slider that frequently can led to more injuries. But for a million bucks, it's worth it to see what Lidge can provide as he has been very good when healthy. If I was a contending team in need of a closer, I would have turned to Nathan over Lidge.