The Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year deal with reliever Tyler Clippard, avoiding an arbitration hearing which would have taken place in a week.
The #Nats have agreed to terms with RHP Tyler Clippard, avoiding arbitration.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 10, 2014
For a while it seemed as though the two sides would never come to terms on a deal, as they were very far apart on figures. Clippard had asked for $6.35 million and the Nationals had offered $4.45 million. With today’s deal, Clippard will earn $5.875 million in 2014, slightly above the midpoint.
tyler clippard and nats settle at $5.875M, north of $5.4M midpoint
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 10, 2014
The 29-year-old Clippard has been one of the most durable and effective relievers in baseball over the last few seasons, and he was certainly due for a raise. The right-hander was an All-Star in 2011, and saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2012.
Clippard had another great year last season, posting a 2.41 ERA with 73 strikeouts and a 0.859 WHIP in 71 innings.
With Clippard taken care of, the Nationals have now avoided arbitration with all 10 eligible players. It will be the second consecutive season in which the team won’t have to go to arbitration hearings with any of their players.
With spring training just a few days away, the Nationals payroll appears to be set at $126.95 million, surpassing last year’s team record by more than $15 million.