Right-handed closer Brad Lidge agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals on Thursday, according to reports.
The contract is worth $1 million, plus incentives based on appearances and games finished.
Lidge will be among a handful of set-up men for Nationals closer Drew Storen. (Reuters/Steve Nesius)
The 35-year-old reliever suffered from a shoulder injury in 2011 that limited him to just 25 games with the Phillies, but in the 19 1/3 innings he pitched, he allowed only three earned runs, striking out 23 and walking 13.
Lidge went 0-2 with only one save and a 1.40 ERA in what the Phillies may have thought were the clearest signs that his injury history took its fullest toll.
Lidge joins a poignant bullpen as a set-up man for 24-year-old right-handed closer Drew Storen. In 2011, Storen saved 43 games for Washington and could benefit from Lidge's experience.
In 2008, Lidge converted all 48 of his save opportunities, including those in the playoffs. His final save was epic to say the least because he recorded the final out of the 2008 World Series, clinching Game 5 by striking out Eric Hinske of the Tampa Bay Rays.
In 2009, Lidge had his worst season on the mound, going 0-8 with 11 blown saves. He later battled knee, elbow and shoulder injuries.
In four seasons with Philadelphia, Lidge went 3-11 with 100 saves and a 3.73 ERA. He went 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA in the postseason, converting all 12 of his save opportunities.
In his 10-year career with the Phillies and the Houston Astros, the two-time All-Star recorded 233 saves to go along with a 3.44 ERA in 592 appearances.