Brad Lidge, Nationals agree to 1-year deal

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Brad Lidge throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Denver. The Phillies won 8-6. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

January 26, 2012 9:37:27 AM PST
Free-agent reliever Brad Lidge has agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

Last season, the right-hander only threw 19 1-3 innings for the Philadelphia Phillies, going 0-2 with a 1.40 ERA and one save. He didn't pitch until late July because of elbow and shoulder problems in his right arm.

Lidge is a two-time All-Star who closed for the Phillies and Houston Astros during his 10-year major league career, going 26-31 with 233 saves and a 3.44 ERA in 592 appearances overall.

In Washington, Lidge joins a bullpen led by setup man Tyler Clippard, who was an All-Star in 2011, and closer Drew Storen.

The Nationals announced their deal with Lidge on Thursday.