Cross another name off the list of arbitration-eligible Washington Nationals. According to yet another report by New York Post writer Joel Sherman this morning, the Nationals and '09 1st Round pick Drew Storen have agreed on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration:
#Nationals also avoided arbitration with Drew Storen. He gets $3.45M for '14 with chance to make $1M more in games finished bonuses— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 17, 2014
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman's sources provided the same details:
drew storen also received $1M in performance bonuses in $3.45M nats deal— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 17, 2014
The Nationals, via Twitter, confirmed the reports:
The #Nats have agreed to terms with RHP Drew Storen, avoiding arbitration.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) January 17, 2014
Storen, 26, struggled in a rough 2013 season which saw him optioned to Triple-A Syracuse at one point. After posting a 2.37 ERA, a 2.40 FIP, eight walks (2.37 BB/9) and 24 Ks (7.12 K/9) in 37 games and 30 1/3 IP in a 2012 season which started late as he recovered from elbow surgery, the veteran of four major league seasons put up a 4.52 ERA, a 3.62 FIP, 19 walks (2.77 BB/9) and 58 Ks (8.46 K/9) in 68 games and 61 2/3 IP in 2013. Storen avoided arbitration last winter, and signed a 1-year/$2.5M deal on January 17th.
Ross Ohlendorf, Stephen Strasburg, Ross Detwiler and Jordan Zimmermann have already avoided arbitration by agreeing to deals for 2014 (and beyond in Zimmermann's case). Ian Desmond, Doug Fister, Jerry Blevins, Wilson Ramos and Tyler Clippard remain unsigned so far this winter...
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