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Washington Nationals avoid arbitration with Tanner Roark

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Tanner Roark agreed to a $6.475 million salary for this upcoming season with the Washington Nationals.

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Tanner Roark has agreed to a $6.475 million salary with the Washington Nationals to avoid arbitration for the upcoming 2018 season, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Roark, 31, is embarking on his second arbitration-eligible campaign after failing to repeat the success he had in 2016, when he finished tenth in NL Cy Young voting. He tossed 181.1 innings in 32 appearances (30 starts), posting a 13-11 record, 4.67 ERA, 1.335 WHIP, 166 strikeouts and 23 home runs.

The Nationals and Roark agreed to a $4.315 million contract prior to last season, and is receiving a substantial raise. Roark is set to become a free agent following the 2019 season.

According to Cot’s Contracts, the Nationals’ payroll currently sits at $161,197,856, including all players with guaranteed contracts and an estimated $675,000 salary for the nine players receiving the league minimum in 2018. Anthony Rendon and Michael Taylor, both of whom are also arbitration eligible, have yet to reach agreements that have been reported.

Barring any last-minute signings of two quality starting pitchers, Roark will once again start the season as a member of the Nats’ rotation. There were some grumblings last spring that pitching in the World Baseball Classic prior to the season set Roark back in his preparation for the year. Now, he’s had a full offseason to train and the Nationals are hope he’ll be able to round back into form.

More to come on Rendon and Taylor when information is available...