Before the Phillies completed the deal for Lidge, manager Charlie Manuel and GM at Gillick phoned Myers at his Jacksonville, Fla., home. Assistant GM Ruben Amaro said Myers "in some ways was a little reluctant [to move back to the rotation]" but described him as "the ultimate team player."
"We put Brett in a tough role last year as a closer, and he excelled at it," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He can excel as a starting pitcher. He has excelled in the past. With him and Hamels, we have a solid 1-2 punch. It definitely helps our rotation greatly."
Those are some nice words from your Assistant GM and pitching coach. So, how does team player Brett Myers respond?
Said Myers: "There are positives in this. I think I've proven myself as a closer and as a starter. If the time comes and I'm on the market as a free agent, instead of two teams needing a starter and two needing a closer, I can make myself available as both to 30 teams.Glad you're in it for the Phillies, Brett.
"This doesn't mean I'm unhappy in Philly. I love the team. I love the fans. But from a personal standpoint, this certainly can help me in the long run."