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Nationals and Doug Fister agree to deal to avoid arbitration

Feb 1, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

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The Nationals announced this morning that they have reached an agreement with Doug Fister to avoid arbitration. No word yet on the exact terms of the deal.

Fister, who was acquired from the Tigers in December, requested $8.5 million and was offered $5.75 million from the Nationals when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. While the Nationals agreed to multi-year deals with some of their other arbitration-eligible players, including Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann, general manager Mike Rizzo said last week that he expected to reach a one-year deal with Fister.

Fister turns 30 on Tuesday and owns a 3.30 ERA over the past three seasons. He is under team control through 2015.

UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $7.2 million deal, which is $825,000 above the midpoint of the arbitration figures that were exchanged earlier this month. He can earn an additional $100,000 based on innings pitched.

  1. NatsLady - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    That leaves Tyler Clippard, who said he’s having “fun” with the arbitration process. Would love to be a fly on the wall for that one if they do go to “trial.” Is he a closer on a team with two other “closers”? Is he a “mere” set-up guy?

    • sfp311 - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      As much as I see the potential for Clippard as a closer, I think with the money invested in Soriano they have to give him the job and see how it goes. I don’t think they should trade Storen or Clippard personally, they will need those big bullpen arms, and with Storen looking lights out after the AAA stint I doubt you’d want to trade him and watch him become a dominant closer once again.

  2. historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    No! Just come home. Stupid management.

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 1, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Ug, I’ll miss Fister in Detroit, where he was lights out. I’m sure the Nats are still snickering about that trade, and with good reason. Hopefully Ray does as well as projected.

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