2-0, 19/19 saves, 0.77 ERA
Yes, Brad Lidge is one of the better closers in baseball. However, he's THE SAME PITCHER he was last year, and the year before that:
Except for the ERAs--which we know will fluctuate a lot for short relievers--how could anyone tell the difference?
It's not that $37.5 million is too much for Lidge--it's a reasonable offer in the current market. However, they could have saved at least $10 million by signing him to the same deal three months ago, and they're stupid for not doing it that way.