• Updated at 3:03 pm EST: After reporting that they'd reached agreements on one-year deals with Jordan Zimmermann and Tom Gorzelanny this morning, the Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that they had avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal with 26-going-on-27-year-old reliever Tyler Clippard:
@NationalsPR: "#Nationals agree to terms with RHP Tyler Clippard on 2012 contract, thus avoiding salary arbitration."
The right-hander who throws what Nats' outfielder Michael Morse called an "invisi-ball", finished his fourth season in D.C. with a 1.83 ERA, 3.17 FIP, 2.65 BB/9 and 10.60 K/9 in 72 games and 88.1 IP in 2011. No word yet on the terms of Clippard's new one-year deal, but the reliever was expected to get a significant raise over the $443,000 he made last year with MLBTradeRumors.com speculating that Drew Storen's set-up man could get as much as $1.7M this season.
Clippard's deal leaves John Lannan and Michael Morse as the only arbitration-eligible Nats who aren't yet signed...
• Original Report: 2:15 pm EST - More Arbitration Avoidance...
Sunday it was an extension with Gio Gonzalez. On Monday, catcher Jesus Flores signed a one-year deal. This morning the Washington Nationals announced that they had agreed on deals to avoid going to arbitration with 25-year-old right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and 29-year-old lefty Tom Gorzelanny. The Nats made the announcement via the team's official Twitter account just before noon, writing (@NationalsPR): "#Nationals agree to terms w/ RHP Jordan Zimmermann & LHP Tom Gorzelanny on 2012 contracts, thus avoiding salary arbitration."
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) has since reported that Zimmermann, after an (8-11) season (his third in the majors) in which he had a 3.18 ERA, 3.16 FIP, 124 K's (6.92 K/9) and just 31 walks (1.73 BB/9) in 26 starts and 161.1 IP, got a bump up from the $415,000 he made last year to $2.3M for 2012.
Gorzelanny, acquired in a January 2011 trade with Chicago, avoided arbitration last winter by agreeing to a 1-year/$2.1M dollar deal with the Cubs before he was dealt. After finishing the 2011 season (4-6) in 15 starts, 30 total appearances and 105.0 IP over which he had a 4.03 ERA, 4.19 FIP, 95 K's (8.14 K/9) and 33 walks (2.83 BB/9), the left-hander, who'll likely pitch out of the pen as he did late last season, avoided arbitration with Washington by agreeing to what CBSSports.com's Mr. Heyman said is a $2.7M dollar one-year deal.
After today's announcements, the Nationals have three arbitration-eligible players left, with Tyler Clippard, Michael Morse and John Lannan as-yet-unsigned.