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Nationals, Tyler Clippard avoid arbitration for $5.875 million

Feb 10, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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Washington won’t be going to an arbitration hearing this year, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Nationals and reliever Tyler Clippard have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year, $5.875 million deal.

Clippard asked for $6.35 million and the Nationals countered at $4.45 million, so he’s getting $475,000 more than the midpoint following a season in which he threw 71 innings with a 2.41 ERA and 73/23 K/BB ratio but recorded zero saves after racking up 32 in 2012.

  1. karlkolchak - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Glad they avoided a hearing. Clippard has been an elite reliever since 2010 and is now getting paid like it.

  2. watermelon1 - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Still think he should be a closer somewhere.

  3. natstowngreg - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Tyler Clippard will get less than half of Rafael Soriano’s salary. A combination of the MLB salary structure and the market inefficiency that is closing.

    Soriano gets $14 million to pitch 9th innings. In part, because he was a free agent. In part, because a guy gets a premium to pitch 9th innings. Even if he isn’t the team’s best reliever.

    Clippard, arguably the better reliever, is cost-controlled. Not to mention that guys who pitch 8th innings are considered less valuable. Even if they aren’t.

    Next season, Clippard may become too expensive for a guy pitching 8th innings, and the Nats may dump him. Unless they promote him to pitching 9th innings.

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