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Brad Lidge signs 1-year deal with Nationals

Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:11 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:18 am
 
Brad Lidge

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Nationals have signed former Phillies closer Brad Lidge to a one-year deal, the team announced on Thursday.

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The 35-year-old Lidge appeared in just 25 games for the Phillies last season because of a shoulder injury. His 2010 was limited by an elbow injury.

Lidge was 0-2 with a 1.40 ERA in those 25 games last season, but managed just 19 1/3 innings, striking out 23 and walking 13, putting up a WHIP of 1.500.

With Washington, the right-hander will likely serve as a setup man for closer Drew Storen and right-hander Tyler Clippard.

Lidge has 223 career saves with the Astros and Phillies over 10 seasons, accumulating a 26-31 record and a 3.44 ERA.

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Comments

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Brad Lidge signs 1-year deal with Nationals

Thanks for the great memories, Brad.  We'll always have 2008!

To Nats fans: the key for Lidge is what he can do with his fastball, in terms of velocity and location.  He lost some velocity, but if he can keep that at a reasonable level and locate it well, he can still be effective, since he can then force batters to swing at the slider, which they can't hit.  But if his fastball isn't effective (which it frequently hasn't been the last year or two), they can afford to lay off the slider and either hit the fastball or walk.  Time will tell. 



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Brad Lidge signs 1-year deal with Nationals

Good job by the Nationals to add a little depth to their bullpen. I am very disappointed that I am not in DC to cheer them on, going to be spending a lot of time at the bars watching games this year. The NL East is going to be fun to watch.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Brad Lidge signs 1-year deal with Nationals

Great insight CF. Not. Knowing that slider is coming and hitting it are two different things.

So his time in Philly is officially over. The last few years were rough for Lidge, but we will never forget 2008. He and Werth can reminisce on the long plane rides.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Brad Lidge signs 1-year deal with Nationals

This is a good move by Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo! Lidge will join an already decent pen and can be a mentor of sorts for the young players already there. I'm excited for this season to hurry up and get here because I think this will be the best one since baseball returned to D.C.!

We finally have a team in place and the pitching staff is looking good and with Davey Johnson managing the sky is the limit! 



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:53 am
 

Brad Lidge signs 1-year deal with Nationals

Cardinal Fever...... Baseball has this thing they call scouting and they actually pay people to scout other players in the league. So I am pretty sure whatever Lidge has to say is already been said.




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:42 am
 

Brad Lidge signs 1-year deal with Nationals

Good deal for both sides, low risk. Unfortunately for Washington it doesn't seem like Lidge has much left in the tank, but the Nats have a pretty good 'pen as is, so they can only go upwards with a decent season from Lidge. Glad to see them make win-now moves. They lost out on Fielder so that money can be spent elsewheres.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:28 am
 

Brad Lidge signs 1-year deal with Nationals

Well, good news for the Nats is he'll have a lot of info to share about his former mates...bad news for the Nats is that I do believe his former mates know him well so better not let him take the mound in those games.


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