The Nationals gave former Phillies closer Brad Lidge his unconditional release Monday night and he is now a free agent. The 35-year-old right-hander reportedly believed the Phils would bring him back for a fifth season this winter, but they opted for a healthier late-inning alternative in Chad Qualls. Lidge signed with the Nats for $1 million as closer depth behind Drew Storen and it didn't work out. He was 0-1 with a pair of saves and a 9.64 ERA in 11 appearances with a 10/11 K/BB in 9 1-3 innings. So the strikeouts are still there, but the walks are out of control.