• Update 11:37 pm EST: CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury, who first reported on Brad Lidge's deal with the Nats, followed up on that report with more contract details: (@JSalisburyCSN): "Nats announce one-year deal with Lidge. According to source, he gets $1 mill and incentives. Best of luck to a real competitor/gentleman."
D.C. GM Mike Rizzo told reporters yesterday that between now and Spring Training the team's goal was to simply, "... tweak the roster," a little bit. "Like I said," Rizzo continued, referring to the comments he had made in the previous fifteen minutes or so of a conversation with the nation's capital's baseball press, "We feel good about where we're at, never satisfied, need more arms, improve the bullpen, improve the bench and all those factors, but with that said, [we're] comfortable going into Spring Training with what we've got. But we can never rest on our laurels because when we rest the Phillies and the Marlins and the Braves and the Mets aren't resting, so, this is a competition and we've got to give Davey [Johnson] the best pieces to manage and try to win with."
The Nationals addressed the need for an additional arm and a veteran bullpen presence this morning by signing 35-year-old veteran right-hander Brad Lidge to a one-year deal. The Nationals announced the move via Twitter in the last few minutes. @NationalsPR: "#Nationals agree to terms with RHP Brad Lidge on a one-year contract. #Nationals’ 40-man roster currently stands at 37." A strained right posterior rotator cuff delayed the start of Lidge's 10th MLB season til July last summer and limited Lidge to just 25 appearances and 19.1 IP in his fourth year in Philadelphia. The right-hander had a 1.40 ERA, 2.82 FIP, 13 walks (6.05 BB/9) and 23 K's (10.71 K/9) on the season.