Closer Brad Lidge officially signed a one-year, $1 million deal today with one of the Phillies' rivals, the Washington Nationals, the deal includes incentive bonues.
The 35 year old right hander passed a physical exam earlier in the week to seal the deal, which includes incentives. He will now take the reins a young Nationals bullpen and mentor their talented arms. The signing is a reunion of former World Series champions on the 2008 Phillies, with Lidge joining former Phillie Jason Werth in Washington.
The Phillies decided not to keep a pitcher who has admittedly lost some life in his fastball.
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Lidge will always be remembered for getting the last save in that historic 2008 run, encapsulated in one of the most iconic photographs in Philadelphia sports history — Lidge looking skyward on his knees as catcher Carlos Ruiz sprinted to him.