Wednesday morning was the deadline for teams and players to submit figures for upcoming arbitration hearings, barring the two sides reaching an agreement before the deadline. The Washington Nationals were able to come to an agreement with backup catcher Jesus Flores yesterday and three additional players today. All three are pitchers – Tyler Clippard, Tom Gorzelanny, and Jordan Zimmermann.
Terms have not been reported regarding the value of Clippard’s contract. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Gorzelanny will earn $2.7 Million for the 2012 season while Zimmermann will earn $2.3 Million.
While on its surface the discrepancy between Gorzelanny and Zimmermann may seem odd, salaries once a player reaches the arbitration process take into consideration a player’s service time as much as his statistical totals. There is also a heavy emphasis placed on what the player earned the previous season. Zimmermann is reaching arbitration as a Super Two, or a year early, and this is only his first time through the process. Gorzelanny was a Super Two as well, but he’s going through the process for the third time already so he’s starting from a higher point to begin with.