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.
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.