Lidge signs with Nationals

Brad Lidge has signed a one-year deal with the Nationals. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Brad Lidge is officially gone, but he won’t be forgotten.

Lidge signed a one-year deal with division rival Washington for a reported $1 million.

Though the latter stages of his four-year tenure with the Phillies was packed with injuries and inconsistency, Lidge’s effectiveness during the 2008 championship run will forever make him beloved in this town.

Counting the postseason, Lidge went 48-for-48 in save opportunities in 2008, and the picture of him dropping to his knees after recording the final out against Tampa Bay in the World Series is a Philadelphia icon.

The righthanded Lidge, who turned 35 in December, had elbow and shoulder problems last year and was limited to 19 1/3 innings. He will join up with former Phillies rightfielder Jayson Werth for the Nationals.

The Phillies' first series against Washington is in D.C. from May 4-6. The Nats make the first of their three visits to Philadelphia May 21-23.