Brad Lidge was released last week by the Washington Nationals after posting a 9.64 ERA over 9.1 innings pitched.
The 35-year-old signed a $1 million contract with the team in January, but a sports hernia and a lack of performance prompted the move by the Nationals.
Lidge had the opportunity to save a few games with Drew Storen on the shelf, converting two of four opportunities.
After being released, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Lidge is unsure as to whether or not he will pursue another contract for the remainder of the 2o12 season.
Lidge has said that he enjoys spending time with his family in Colorado, but also instructed his agents to take calls from any interested teams. It’s a smart move to keep his options open, but more interest would be had if he flat-out said that he wanted to pitch again this season.
The New York Mets have a bullpen that is in shambles, and they have been listed as a possible destination for Lidge, should he choose to pitch.
Every member of the bullpen that has pitched at least 19 games has an ERA of 3.80 or higher, with Manny Acosta sporting a gaudy 11.86 ERA in 19 appearances.
Even if Lidge only decides to pitch for a few months, he’d be a welcome addition to the monstrosity that is the Mets’ bullpen.
Lidge is a two-time All-Star that has played for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Nationals. He has recorded 225 career saves, good enough for 37th on the all-time list and eighth amongst active relievers.
His best season came in 2008 with the Phillies. He was 41-for-41 in save opportunities, sported a cool 1.95 ERA, put together a 2-0 record and even struck out Eric Hinske for the final out of the World Series.
It’s unknown as to whether or not Lidge intends on pitching again next season.