UPDATED: According to reports this afternoon, the Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with all four of their arbitration-eligible players before today’s deadline to submit figures for 2017 salaries.
The Nationals have reportedly signed right-hander Tanner Roark, right fielder Bryce Harper, third baseman Anthony Rendon and catcher Derek Norris to contracts for the upcoming season.
Roark, 30, earned a career-high 16 wins in 2016, going (16-10), with a 2.83 ERA, a 3.79 FIP, 73 walks (3.13 BB/9) and 172 Ks (7.37 K/9) in 34 games and 210 innings.
The right-hander held opposing hitters to a .227/.309/.330 line on the year and finished his fourth major league campaign at 3.2 fWAR.
Roark signed a 1-year/$543,400 deal last winter, and was projected to get $6.4M in arbitration by MLBTradeRumors.com, but according to Jon Heyman he signed a one-year/$4.315M deal for 2017.
tanner roark, nats settle at $4.315M— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 13, 2017
Norris, 27, was acquired from San Diego this winter, after struggling through a rough .186/.255/.328, 17 double, 14 home run, -0.4 fWAR campaign with the Padres in which he earned $2.925M after avoiding arbitration last winter.
The veteran catcher, who was projected to get $4M in arbitration reportedly signed a 1-year/$4.2M deal.
derek norris, nats settle at $4.2M— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 13, 2017
Harper, 24, put up a .243/.373/.441 line, 24 doubles and 24 HRs in 147 games and 627 plate appearances in 2016, over which the 2010 No. 1 overall pick was worth 3.5 fWAR, down from a .330/.460/.649, 38 double, 42 HR, 9.5 fWAR season in 2015 that earned him the NL MVP award.
Harper earned $5M last season, in the second year of the 2-year/$7.5M extension he signed in 2014. He was projected to get a raise to around $9.3M. He apparently got a bit more than that...
Bryce Harper and Nats have an agreement— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 13, 2017
Bryce Harper's arbitration deal: $13.625m— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 13, 2017
Rendon, 26, put up a solid .270/.348/.450 line, 38 doubles and 20 HRs in 156 games and 647 PAs this past season, finishing at 4.7 fWAR.
The Nationals’ 2011 1st Round pick earned $2.8M on a one-year deal in 2016 after he avoided arbitration with the Nationals last winter.
Rendon was projected to get $6.4M for 2017. According to Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes, he settled for $5.8M:
Anthony Rendon, Nats settled at $5.8 million, according to a person familiar with the situation. All arb-eligibles are under contract now.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) January 13, 2017
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