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Nationals Sign Ross Ohlendorf To One-Year Deal, Avoiding Arbitration

Ross Ohlendorf was something of a surprise for the Washington Nationals in 2013. After signing a minor league deal last winter, the right-hander ended up playing a bigger role than expected when the Nats dealt with injuries to their starters...

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The Washington Nationals have reportedly agreed on a 1-year/$1.25M deal with veteran right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, avoiding arbitration:

A veteran of seven MLB seasons, Ohlendorf, 31, signed a one-year minor league contract with the Nats last winter. An Arizona Diamondbacks' '04 4th Round pick, Ohlendorf started the 2013 campaign at Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals' system, but he was called up to the majors to make his debut with Washington in mid-June.

The 6'4'' right-hander had a 4.22 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 30 walks (3.62 BB/9) and 71 Ks (8.56 K/9) in 14 games, 13 starts and 74 2/3 IP at Triple-A. In 16 games and seven starts for the Nationals, Ohlendorf was (4-1) with a 3.28 ERA, 4.03 FIP, 14 walks (2.09 BB/9) and 45 Ks (6.71 K/9) in 60 1/3 IP.

Ohlendorf gives the Nationals starting depth and another option out of the bullpen.

The right-hander was one of eight arbitration-eligible Nats this winter and the only one whose return to Washington was really a question.

According to various reports tonight, the other seven (Jordan Zimmermann, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard, Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, Ross Detwiler and Wilson Ramos) were tendered contracts as well.