Phils Add Reds' Cory Lidle to Starting Rotation

Vicente Padilla is returning to the rotation this week, but with Kevin Millwood landing on the DL, the Phillies needed help. The situation was compounded by the continuing struggles of Paul Abbott, so the Phillies pulled the trigger on a trade with Cincinnati. The Phillies get veteran Cory Lidle, but give up a couple of decent prospects in the deal.

Ed Wade apparently didn't lose the Cincinnati Reds' phone number after he made a deal with them to get Todd Jones about ten days ago. Wade used the number again Monday to get veteran starter Cory Lidle from the Reds to help the Phillies hurting rotation.

Lidle, in his first season with Cincinnati, was 7-10, 5.32 for Cincinnati. The good news is that Lidle was leading the Reds in innings pitched with 149 and has thrown three complete games. "He's shown in the past he can help a contending club," explained general manager Ed Wade.

The Reds signed Lidle to a one-year $2.75 million contract during the last offseason, meaning that Lidle can become a free agent after the 2004 season.

To get Lidle, the Phillies sent Javon Moran and Joe Wilson to Cincinnati. Moran was a fourth round pick for the Phillies in the 2003 Draft and was hitting 2-38-.285 with 39 stolen bases for Class A Lakewood this season. Moran had been thrown out attempting to steal 17 times.

Wilson, a 22 year old left-hander, was 4-7, 3.64 for Lakewood. The Phillies drafted Wilson in the 13th round of the 2003 Draft.

The Reds will also get either a player to be named later or cash to complete the deal.

Lidle last pitched on Sunday against Colorado and went six strong innings. He'll throw a bullpen session Tuesday for the Phillies and his first start as a Phillie will likely come this weekend against San Francisco.

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