Brad Lidge, a hero in the Phillies' march to the 2008 World Series, has inked a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals, Mark Zuckerman of NatsInsider has confirmed.
Lidge, 35, pitched in 25 injury-shortened innings last season as a middle reliever, giving way to Ryan Madson as the Phillies' stopper. In four seasons with the Phils, he collected 100 saves, including a perfect 48-for-48 in the 2008 regular and postseason. Lidge will likely assume a seventh-inning role in Washington behind Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. The assumption was that Lidge would sign to pitch in one of two places: Philadelphia or Colorado, so Washington's grab comes as something of a surprise. It's a $1 million deal with incentives, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Beerleaguer: Lidge leaves town with the proverbial invite to enjoy drinks on the house whenever he stops by Philadelphia. He was a class act who handled his post-World Series inconsistency with professionalism and accountability. A true Phillie for life, with the capacity to squeeze out another effective season with a new set of mates.