Drew Storen's reps at CAA Baseball broke the news for him last night, announcing that the 25-year-old right-hander had avoided arbitration and agreed on a 1-year/$2.5M dollar deal with the Washington Nationals:
Storen's teammate and fellow CAA Baseball client Ross Detwiler took care of the announcement himself this afternoon, though his representatives filled in some of the details:
Just avoided arb and got done with my deal. Huge shout out to @caa_baseball. Thanks for all the hard work— Ross Detwiler (@NationalDet) January 18, 2013
Detwiler, 26, made $485,000 last year on a one-year deal with the Nationals. The '07 1st Round pick then went out and had his best year at the major league level in a 2012 campaign that culminated (for Detwiler at least) with what was likely the biggest start of the hard-throwing, 6'5'' lefty's five-year MLB career. With the Nationals facing elimination in the NLDS with St. Louis, Detwiler took the mound in the nation's capital and held the Cardinals to one run on three hits in 6.0 innings pitched, rewarding the faith the Nationals and manager Davey Johnson showed in him and keeping it tied at 1-1 with the help of the bullpen until Jayson Werth's walk-off sent Washington on to Game 5.
Detwiler finished his 2012 campaign (10-8) with a 3.40 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 52 walks (2.85 BB/9) and 105 Ks (5.75 K/9) in 33 games, 27 starts and 164.1 IP. According to a follow-up tweet on his new deal from CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the performance bonus in his contract for 2013 can earn him an additional $25G:
detwiler gets 25 grand for 200 innings on top of his $2,337,500 deal with #nats. so no innings limit below 200 for him— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 18, 2013
The deals with Storen and Detwiler leave the Nationals with five arbitration-eligible players unsigned with today the deadline to get deals done to avoid arbitration and exchange figures. Pitchers Jordan Zimmermann,
Craig Stammen and Tyler Clippard, infielder Ian Desmond and outfielder Roger Bernadina are still unsigned.
• Following immediately on the heels of the announcement of Ross Detwiler's deal, Craig Stammen's representatives at Paragon Sports (@ParagonSportInt) announced that the 28-year-old right-hander had agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals, becoming the third pitcher in the last two days to avoid arbitration as the deadline to agree on deals and exchange figures approaches today:
Stammen, in his fourth pro season, transitioned to the bullpen full-time and went (6-1) with a 2.34 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 36 walks (3.67 BB/9) and 87 Ks (8.86 K/9) in 59 games and 88.1 IP.