Nationals To Sign Brad Lidge

The Nationals have agreed to sign free agent right-hander Brad Lidge to a one-year deal, the team announced. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com tweets that Lidge will earn $1MM plus incentives. MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported the agreement via Twitter after Salisbury first tweeted that a deal was close. Rex Gary of Turner Gary Sports represents Lidge.

Lidge, 35, appeared in just 25 games in 2011 because of a rotator cuff injury. He posted a 1.40 ERA with 10.7 K/9 and 6.1 BB/9 in 19 1/3 regular season innings for the Phillies before pitching two scoreless frames in the Division Series. The ten-year veteran owns a career ERA of 3.44 with 12.0 K/9, 4.2 BB/9 and a 40.7% ground ball rate.

Lidge, who earned $12MM in 2011, did not receive an offer of arbitration from Philadelphia after the season. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com hears that the Phillies made him a lowball offer (Twitter link). Lidge joins a Nationals bullpen that includes Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, Henry Rodriguez and Sean Burnett.


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3 years 7 months ago

I don’t really get this. Even if healthy, what role do they see him fitting into?

UnbaisedSoxFan
3 years 7 months ago

7th inning guy in front of Clippard and Storen?? Great signing for them.

UnbaisedSoxFan
3 years 7 months ago

7th inning guy in front of Clippard and Storen?? Great signing for them.

blu167
3 years 7 months ago

Perhaps used as a “veteran, right-handed reliever to help pick up the slack in the middle innings (someone to hold down the role Todd Coffey had last season)”?

Or so Natsinsider says ūüėõ

BrocNessMonster
3 years 7 months ago

Who cares what his title is. This has the potential to be the best signing of the off season.

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 7 months ago

A drop in the bucket in salary for a potential very, very good 7th or 8th inning guy? What’s not to like? Great signing IMO.

Ben Mayer
3 years 7 months ago

If healthy, he’s a steal. Potentially a Joel Zumaya type of guy to get out the powerful righties.

3 years 7 months ago

We will never forget you, Lidge. Thanks for the Perfect season in 2008!

FillyPhan
3 years 7 months ago

Lidge can now give back the wins he should have to the Phillies. Maybe start out with a walkoff hitbatter. Hes really good at those.

jdr70
3 years 7 months ago

Lidge > Coffey.  1 Year deal.  Bullpen depth.  Nothing to get excited about here.  

UnbaisedSoxFan
3 years 7 months ago

Lidge is a great guy to have around the clubhouse. His veteran arm will certainly help the young guys in Washington. I could easily see him being a 7th inning guy before Clippard and Storen. If healthy, this could be a very productive signing for the Nationals. Regardless, I bet they didn’t pay too much for him. I like it.

UnbaisedSoxFan
3 years 7 months ago

1 million dollars. plus incentives.. That’s¬†ridiculously¬†cheap, considering the potential.

3 years 7 months ago

Would you rather have Lidge or Cordero (at this point)? (Assuming salaries are close to similar).

UnbaisedSoxFan
3 years 7 months ago

Lidge won’t be closing. Cordero will probably want to close. I would rather have Cordero but the Nationals already have a young, productive closer in ¬†Storen.

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

All things equal, Cordero. 

However, I’d much rather have Lidge at 1MM than Cordero at 4MM.¬†

3 years 7 months ago

Lidge’s perfect 2008 helped get the Nats to where they are. Remember the next-to-last game of the season, where the Phils clinched the NL East? Lidge induced Ryan Zimmerman to hit into a game-ending double play that also assured Washington of the worst record in the majors…and the first draft pick in 2009, which of course was Stephen Strasburg.

CC
3 years 7 months ago

Nice point

Amish_willy
3 years 7 months ago

As a Padre fan, I’d like to chime in. The Padres swept the Nats with a week to go in the season. The Nats ended the year with a 59-102¬†record with the Padres at 63-99.

If things were different in that series…
Nats sweep SD
WAS – 62-99 / SD 60-102

Nats take 2 out of 3
WAS 61-100 / SD 61-101

The second scenario would have had the Padres & Mariners ending with the same record¬†so it might have taken a sweep to change both teams fortunes. Though swapping Tate for Ackley wouldn’t be soo bad either.

jdouble777
3 years 7 months ago

He was filthy when came back. His poor performance was undoubtedly related to his injury, which appears to be in the past. If he reutrn to form the Nats bullpen will be absolutely nasty. If I were Rizzo I would have added a vesting option for next year to take advantage of being the team that gave him his shot this year.

Cordero got 4.5M, Lidge has only 1M gauranteed…that is almost 5 times the amount. I love Cordero, but given the deals I would opt for the Lidge deal given Storen is the closer.

FillyPhan
3 years 7 months ago

Filthy as in dirty or bad, bc he was. He had no control and his now 88mph fastball isnt enough of a different over his slider to throw hitting off timing. His fastball is now also straight as an arrow. He lacks control which shows by his last year game tying walked batter and then next game gives up the win off a walkoff hitbatter. You can have him there is a reason no one took him for 1mil.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

You don’t know what you’re talking about at all.

He didn’t blow any leads last year, so how did he “walk in the tying batter?” He had that one game against Washington in which he hit Gomes with the bases loaded. That game came AFTER Ryan Madson imploded the night before including a grand slam to Ryan Zimmerman.

“He had no control and now his 88mph fastball isn’t enough of a different over his slider to throw hitting off his timing.”

Other than the fact that the statement is fulled with typos and it’s kind of difficult to read, you’re once again wrong. Brad Lidge had a 10.7 k/9. While yes, he doesn’t have control, he still has a top 5 slider in the game. And yes, while his fastball is 88-92, his slider is also 78-82 which is a fine difference.

nats2012
3 years 7 months ago

Nice post.

jdouble777
3 years 7 months ago

He was filthy when came back. His poor performance was undoubtedly related to his injury, which appears to be in the past. If he reutrn to form the Nats bullpen will be absolutely nasty. If I were Rizzo I would have added a vesting option for next year to take advantage of being the team that gave him his shot this year.

Cordero got 4.5M, Lidge has only 1M gauranteed…that is almost 5 times the amount. I love Cordero, but given the deals I would opt for the Lidge deal given Storen is the closer.

FillyPhan
3 years 7 months ago

Filthy as in dirty or bad, bc he was. He had no control and his now
88mph fastball isnt enough of a different over his slider to throw
hitting off timing. His fastball is now also straight as an arrow. He
lacks control which shows by his last year game tying walked batter and
then next game gives up the win off a walk off hit batter. You can have
him there is a reason no one took him for 1mil.

rizdak
3 years 7 months ago

Seems like a good low-risk deal for the Nats. Especially considering that Joe Nathan (37, Tommy John) got 2 years, $14.5 million this offseason.

omavricko
3 years 7 months ago

Why couldn’t the mariners of done this….instead we signed George sherrill….we could of then flipped either league or lidge at the deadline for something….

jcs921
3 years 7 months ago

a gamble worth taking for the price; just think if he is even close to back to his old self; it gives Davey (loved him as an Oriole player and manager – he makes the game fun – when he talks, just listen and learn) more options; Davey will take full advantage.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

If healthy, a great signing for the Nationals

Closer: Storen
Set-up: Clippard
7th inning: Lidge
MR: H-Rod, Mattheus
Lefty: Burnett
LR: Gorzo

FS54
3 years 7 months ago

it does sound exciting.

WolandJR
3 years 7 months ago

Detweiler needs to fit in there somewhere. Probably at the expense of Mattheus.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

I think Detwiler has more potential then Lannan, I’d rather see Lannan moved and have Detwiler in the 5 spot of the rotation

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

I saw somewhere they are considering using a six man rotation or something to keep Strasburg active longer into the season.

WolandJR
3 years 7 months ago

Between Wang and Strasburg, they are going to need a 6th starter in fairly short order. Personally, I don’t think that Wang makes it past May 1 without going on the DL with some kind of boo-boo.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

Wang seemed fine in the 17 starts he made last year

jcs921
3 years 7 months ago

a gamble worth taking for the price; just think if he is even close to back to his old self; it gives Davey (loved him as an Oriole player and manager – he makes the game fun – when he talks, just listen and learn) more options; Davey will take full advantage.

KoenWerkman
3 years 7 months ago

For this price, great signing. Maybe if he’s on fire they can trade arround the all star break for a CF where they are looking for. (Although i like Bernadina in center so….)

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

Are you serious? I like Bernadina as nothing more than platooning right field until Harper is in D.C.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 7 months ago

The shark is like Morse, let him play and he will be fine.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

Not at all

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 7 months ago

How can you say that. He has never be given a legitimate chance.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

How about 2010?

Looking at any of his statistics over his career, both minor league and major league, how can you say he would be anything more than a 4th outfielder?

Zach
3 years 7 months ago

Dang really thought the Astros would reunite with him.. Especially at this price

Ben Mayer
3 years 7 months ago

Lidge would give the Astros too much of a chance at winning a game or two.

omavricko
3 years 7 months ago

Why couldn’t the mariners of done this….instead we signed George sherrill….we could of then flipped either league or lidge at the deadline for something….

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

If healthy, a great signing for the Nationals

Closer: Storen
Set-up: Clippard
7th inning: Lidge
MR: H-Rod, Mattheus
Lefty: Burnett
LR: Gorzo

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

Sorry for the duplicate.. How do I get this deleted?

hgr900
3 years 7 months ago

His fastball is straighter than this line   ______________________

3 years 7 months ago

Awesome pick-up for a measly $1mil.  Wonder if the incentives are ridiculously large and really easy to reach?