Nats bring Lidge on board with one-year deal
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
WASHINGTON — The Nationals agreed to terms with reliever Brad Lidge on a one-year contract Thursday.
Lidge has spent the past four seasons with the Phillies. Last year, Lidge spent time on the disabled list because of shoulder problems. When he returned to action, Lidge appeared in 25 games and had a 1.40 ERA.
As recently as 2008, Lidge was one of the best closers in baseball, helping the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980.
Lidge started his Major League career with the Astros in 2002. He has saved 223 games with an 3.44 ERA during his career, and his best season was in ’08, when he saved 41 games and had a 1.95 ERA.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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