Jan 26, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT
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Brad Lidge has 223 career saves and a 3.44 ERA in 10 seasons.
Updated at 11:49 a.m.
In search of a veteran reliever who could help soften the burden on late-inning stars Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, the Nationals are turning to a one-time nemesis from a division rival.
The Nationals have come to terms on a one-year contract with former Phillies closer Brad Lidge, the club announced this morning. The deal will pay the 35-year-old a $1 million base salary, with incentives, according to CSNphilly's Jim Salisbury.
Lidge has extensive experience closing in both Houston and Philadelphia, but in Washington he'll be used as a setup man, probably pitching the seventh inning in front of Clippard and Storen.
Though injuries and inconsistent performances cost him the closing job with the Phillies, Lidge did put up strong numbers last season whenRead more »
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