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Brad Lidge Signs with the Washington Nationals

Jan 26, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

Former Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge is close to signing a deal with the Washington Nationals, according to CSN's Jim Salisbury.

And another WFC has left us.

Former Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge has reportedly signed a deal with the Washington Nationals, per William Ladson of MLB.com.

It is believed the Phillies would have liked to bring Lidge back in 2012 but at a very modest contract offer. Lidge has opted to go the route of Jayson Werth and sign to play in DC for (what we assume is) more money. One of the main differences, however, is that Lidge likely doesn’t have the years left in him to potentially watch the Nats turn into a legit contender like Werth does.

Still, watching Ryan Howard chase after a Brad Lidge slider late in a game next season doesn’t sound like too much fun to us.

With J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson having previously parted ways with the organization, now both Lidge and his “Bridge” have left town. Moreover, of the 40-man roster who captured Philadelphia’s first World Championship in 25 years just three seasons ago, only eight of those players — Howard, Utley, Rollins, Ruiz, Victorino, Hamels, Blanton, Kendrick — remain with the team.
Lidge was never quite as perfect as he was in ’08 (Who are we kidding? He scared the hell out of us), but we’ll always remember him for exactly who he was — a World F***ing Champion.
Best of luck, Brad (just not against us).