The Washington Nationals tendered contracts to all ten of their arbitration-eligible players last night, well before the 11:59 PM EST deadline.
Ross Detwiler, Jerry Blevins, Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, Craig Stammen, Tyler Clippard, Doug Fister, Danny Espinosa, Jose Lobaton and Wilson Ramos were all tendered contracts.
Still to be determined is whether or not 22-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper will be able opt out of the deal he signed with the Nats in 2010 and become arbitration-eligible after his third big league campaign.
A grievance hearing could take place this month if the two sides in the dispute can't resolve their disagreement.
That was just about all that happened in NatsTown on Tuesday. There weren't too many Nationals-related links out there, but we found all we could...
SBNation/MLB writer Grant Brisbee doesn't think you should expect the situation to be resolved with Harper getting a long-term deal done:
• "Boras has a reputation for a reason, though. And if you're the Nationals, you have a reason not to let tens of millions go." - "The impossible extension for Bryce Harper and the Nationals" - Grant Brisbee, SBNation.com
Fangraphs on Row-ark:
RotoGraphs: Tanner Roark Did It -- Can He Do It Again? http://t.co/fOeDOqOOUG— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) December 2, 2014
• "We’ve already spent some time with Tanner Roark‘s breakout season and it’s mostly about that two-seamer and getting strike one if you ask him..." - "Tanner Roark Did It — Can He Do It Again?" - Eno Sarris, FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
Nationals tender contracts stories:
• "Detwiler was a candidate, though an unlikely one, to be non-tendered after a season during which his role diminished..." - "Nationals tender contracts to all 10 arbitration-eligible players" - James Wagner, The Washington Post
• "For now, the Nationals chose to retain all 10 of those players, tendering them contracts in advance of Tuesday’s 11:59 p.m." - "Nationals tender contracts to all 10 arbitration-eligible players" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider
Rizzo reportedly liked Beckham... in 2010-ish:
As expected, #Angels non-tender INF Gordon Beckham and LHP Wade LeBlanc. RHP Yoslan Herrera also non-tendered.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) December 3, 2014
• "The Nats either still see a role for Detwiler or feel that he would make a valuable trade chip..." - "Nationals Pastime: Nats tender contracts to all 10 remaining arbitration-eligible players" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com
More MASN/Nats Talk:
Court filings show MASN is taking aim at $25M advance MLB made to Nationals http://t.co/nbd6OniFGz— WashingtonBizJournal (@WBJonline) December 2, 2014
Bowden on pitchers likely to get dealt [ed. note - "Hint: He mentions Jordan Zimmermann."]:
2015 FAs who could be traded: Pitchers http://t.co/Rwud9u7HBL— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) December 3, 2014
• "Clippard, who made more than $5 million as a setup man, is in his last year of arbitration eligibility and coming off a great season." - "Nationals tender contracts to all arb-eligible players" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com
If someone is quoting a poet it's gotta be Frost - signed, Angry Whitman fan:
Your Daily Message from the Dalai Lama on Twitter (@DalaiLama):
If we do nothing to restrain our angry, spiteful, and malicious thoughts and emotions, happiness will elude us.— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) December 1, 2014
• Phillies: "With less than 90 minutes until last night's deadline, the Phillies still had not announced whether they had tendered contracts to their trio of arbitration-eligible players..." - "No word on Phillies' tenders to Bastardo, Revere and Brown" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News
• Mets: "Cabrera's troubles extended into his 2014 season, in which he battled injuries—he played in only 90 games—and hit an ugly .232/.272/.300." - "Padres non-tender shortstop Everth Cabrera, Mets should be interested" - Rick Resch, Amazin' Avenue
• Marlins: "Right-handers Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Aaron Crow and Steve Cishek, left-hander Mike Dunn, and third baseman Casey McGehee can file for arbitration starting Jan. 13 if they do not come to terms before then." - "Marlins offer contracts to McGehee, five other arbitration eligibles" - Juan C. Rodriguez, Florida Sun Sentinel
• Braves: "Nick Markakis is six years older than Jason Heyward, was never as fast as Heyward, and isn’t as spectacular afield as J-Hey, the right fielder traded away by the Braves two weeks ago." - "Free agent Markakis could be good fit for Braves" - David O'Brien, AJC.com