WASHINGTON (AP) — Right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann's $24 million, two-year contract and shortstop Ian Desmond's two-year deal were among a half-dozen agreements reached by the Washington Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration.
Zimmermann and Desmond are two homegrown cornerstones of the Nationals, who essentially bought out both players' last two arbitration years.
Other players agreeing to contracts with the Nationals, all for just 2014, included former closer Drew Storen, catcher Wilson Ramos and lefties Jerry Blevins and Ross Detwiler.
Storen got a base salary of $3.45 million, with a chance to earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on the number of games he finishes. Ramos' deal is worth $2.095 million, Blevins' is worth $1.675 million, and Detwiler's is worth $3 million.
Two other Nationals players submitted salary arbitration figures: right-handed starter Doug Fister, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a trade this offseason, and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard.
Fister, who made $4,075,000 while going 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA over 208 2-3 innings last season, asked that his salary more than double to $8.5 million, while the Nationals offered $5.75 million. Clippard asked for a raise to $6.35 million from $4 million; the team offered $4.45 million. Clippard was 6-3 with a 2.41 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 71 innings in 2013.
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