When Brad Lidge arrived to the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2008 season, fans finally were able to relax when the ninth inning rolled around after years of watching a revolving door coming from the bullpen. Four years later, the roller-coaster ride that has followed Lidge since his perfect campaign in 2008 seems to have come to an end.
By declining a pricey $12.5 million option, the Phillies have allowed their one-time shutdown closer test a populated reliever's market. Though Lidge has struggled over the past three seasons, there are many that still believe he can be an effective bullpen option, evidenced by his 1.40 ERA in 25 appearances after returning from injury.
While his durability certainly warrants concern, there is no denying that, when healthy, Lidge can be a steadying veteran presence that mows down opposing hitters with that biting slider. Philadelphia will try to bring him back at a reduced rate, as his consistency has all but disappeared since the 2008 masterpiece that saw all 48 save opportunities converted.
However, the Phillies will not be the only team that will get in line for Lidge's services this winter. Whether they need a veteran arm at the back end of the relief staff or a more cost-effective option in the closer's role, here is a list of five clubs that could take a look at Lidge.