“I think the Nationals are a team that is very close to being a playoff-caliber team. To me, it was a great fit. I really enjoy playing in Washington. Besides that, it’s a team that is going in the right direction. I think that is pretty obvious.”
Lidge, 35, spent the last four seasons in Philadelphia and was the team’s primary closer for three of them. His best season came in 2008 when he saved 41 games for the World Series-winning Phillies.
Lidge originally came up with the Astros and spent his first six seasons (2002–2007) with them, accumulating 123 saves with a 3.30 ERA. For his career, Lidge has totaled 223 saves, which is good for 36th place all-time.