Early Monday afternoon the Washington Nationals announced that they had reached an agreement on a one year contract with Jesus Flores, allowing both sides to avoid the arbitration process before Spring Training begins. Flores will earn a base pay of $815,000 for the 2012 season, a modest raise over the $750,000 he made last season. Flores will be under team control through the 2013 season before becoming a free agent.
The likely backup behind the plate, Flores appeared in only 30 games during the 2011 season after missing nearly two years due to shoulder trouble. In 91 plate appearances he batted just .209/.253/.314 with a home run. However, Flores has been playing in the Venezuelan Winter League where he batted .330 with 8 HR and 39 RBI in 56 games – further answering questions about whether he will finally be able to remain healthy.