Now that Brad Lidge has officially signed with the Washington Nationals, it's worth considering what his ultimate role with the team will end up being. The veteran reliever was once one of the league's feared closers, with 229 career saves. However, all indications are that he will set up and leave the real late-inning work to Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.
I was a little skeptical about this deal when it was announced because the Nationals don't really need someone like him in their bullpen. But for only $1 million plus incentives, it is a risk worth taking. Worst case scenario is the money is a sunk cost. But if Lidge can stay healthy and find his pitch again, then the Nationals would be getting a player that could help them put together one of the best bullpens in the major leagues. Certainly a risk worth taking.
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The Washington Nationals have officially come to terms with reliever Brad Lidge on a one-year contract, according to a press release sent out by the team. Here are some interesting stats on Lidge based on the team press release.
In 10 seasons with the Phillies (2008-11) and Astros (2002-07), Lidge has fanned over 31 percent of all batters faced and his strikeout rate of 12.0 per 9.0 innings is the highest all-time among pitchers to throw at least 500 big league innings.
For a few years Lidge was one of the dominant relief pitchers in the game, but battles with injuries and confidence have caused him to fall off a little bit in the last few years. He isn't the kind of guy you want to bring in on a one-year deal to close games on a full time basis, but as part of a patchwork bullpen in the early innings of a game, he might surprise some people.
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