Former Phillies closer Brad Lidge is now an NL East rival.
Lidge signed a one-year, $1 million deal — plus incentives — Thursday with the Washington Nationals. The 35-year-old passed a physical exam earlier in the week and is expected to mentor the Nationals’ young bullpen. He’ll also be reunited with another former Phillie, Jayson Werth, who left for Washington following the 2010 season.
Lidge went 0-2 with the Phils last season with one save and a 1.40 ERA in 25 appearances, while battling shoulder injuries. He lost his closer’s role to Ryan Madson. In four seasons in South Philadelphia, the right-hander went 3-11 with 100 saves and a 3.73 ERA.
Lidge, who went 48-for-48 in save chances (including the postseason) in 2008, will always be remembered for getting the last save in that historic World Series’ run.
The final out has been capsulated in one of the most iconic photographs in Philadelphia sports history showing Lidge looking skyward on his knees as catcher Carlos Ruiz sprinted to him.