Update - 11:10 a.m.: The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement to sign reliever Brad Lidge
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Original - 10:56 a.m.: The Washington Nationals are reportedly close to signing free-agent reliever Brad Lidge, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia.
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It is currently unknown what role Lidge would play in the Nationals bullpen. The club currently has an established closer in their 2009 first round draft pick Drew Storen. They also have All-Star Tyler Clippard serving as their set-up man.
Lidge, a two-time All-Star, posted a 1.40 ERA in 25 games out of the bullpen for the Phillies last season after a rotator cuff injury forced him to miss the start of the season. Lidge lost his spot as the team’s closer a result of the injury. The year prior he has posted a 2.96 ERA with 27 saves. Lidge’s best year came in 2008 when he posted a 1.95 ERA while collecting 41 saves for the Phillies.