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Washington Nationals Re-Sign Lefty Scott Olsen.

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Scott Olsen was on the free agent market for less than twenty-four hours following the Nationals' decision to non-tender the 25-year-old left-hander last night, but they quickly decided to re-sign Olsen at a discounted rate, giving the 5th-year pro a $1 million dollar incentive-laded deal which, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick's "baseball source", could earn Olsen as much as $4 million next year should he make as many as 33 starts. Acquired in a November '08 deal with the Marlins, Olsen started just 11 games for Washington before a torn left labrum abruptly ended his first season in DC. Told of his non-tendering, Olsen was quoted in MLB.com's Bill Ladson's article last night entitled, "Nats cut ties with hurlers MacDougal, Olsen", stating that he didn't, "...have any plans to go anywhere else since I got traded over there. I think Washington is a great place to play. I would love to go back there."

• Last season, in 11 starts and 62.2 IP, Olsen, a Kalamazoo, Michigan native, was (2-4) with a 6.03 ERA, 42 K's, (6.0 K/9), 25 walks, (3.6 BB/9) and a 1.72 WHIP, following four seasons with the Marlins, over which he posted a (31-37) combined record with a 4.63 ERA combined ERA and an average of 9.4 H/9 and 3.6 BB/9 allowed and 6.7 K/9 inning recorded...

• After non-tendering Olsen and '09 closer Mike MacDougal Saturday, DC GM Mike Rizzo told Washington Post writer Chico Harlan, in an article entitled, "Nats non-tender Olsen, MacDougal", that he'd, "...be very comfortable if they're (both) wearing the Washington Nationals uniform next season," so there's still a possibility that MacDougal, if he wasn't as insulted as he seemed in some articles, could return to DC, where the 32-year-old right-hander last season recorded his first major league save since July 16th 2006, and converted 20 of 21 save opportunities, all after June 17th.