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.