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Wire Taps: Nationals avoid arbitration with Anthony Rendon, Michael A. Taylor, and Tanner Roark

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and get up to date on the arbitration-eligible players who signed deals for 2018 yesterday...

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Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals avoided arbitration when they agreed on a 1-year/$12.3M deal for 2018 yesterday. That’s a significant raise from the $5.8M the 27-year-old infielder earned in 2017, when he put up a .301/.403/.533 line with 41 doubles and 25 home runs in 147 games and 605 plate appearances, finishing the year at a career-high 6.9 fWAR.

Unfortunately for the third baseman, and the Nats, and their fans, the 2017 campaign ended with another NLDS loss, the fourth for the Nationals in the last six seasons, and the third for Rendon, who wasn’t around for the 2012 postseason.

Disappointing as it was, however, the third baseman put things in perspective when he spoke to reporters at WinterFest last month.

“I think [Ryan Zimmerman] said it the best last year, maybe,” Rendon explained.

“He said people will easily forget that this organization was losing 100 games not too long ago, but the fact that we’ve been a constant presence in the postseason as of late, I think that’s a huge step for this organization, and nobody talks about other organizations that haven’t been to the postseason the last couple of years, but obviously we’re trying to stay there, so we’re the big talk now, but I like it that way, so it puts a little more pressure on us, and that’s why we play the game.”

NATS BEAT:

Why it won't cost Nats that much if they have to pay luxury tax
"The club already surpassed the $195 million threshold last season and thus paid a 20 percent penalty on the amount they exceeded that number. If they go over again this season, their penalty rate goes up to 30 percent."

Nationals' Rendon, Roark, Taylor get deals
"The Nationals agreed to one-year contracts with Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and Michael A. Taylor on Friday, thus avoiding arbitration."

Nats avoid arbitration with Rendon, Roark and Taylor (updated)
"The announcement was delayed a bit, but the Nationals did agree to terms with all three of their arbitration-eligible players before today’s 1 p.m. deadline..."

Nationals avoid arbitration with Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and Michael A. Taylor
"Often, the Nationals settle with their players before the deadline, choosing to find middle ground outside of league-sanctioned arbitration hearings that can often produce ill-will."

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NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

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Nationals Avoid Arbitration With Anthony Rendon - MLB Trade Rumors
"It’s little [surprising] to see Rendon cash in a big raise in his third arbitration campaign."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves avoid arb with Vizcaino, Winkler
"Braves relievers Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler avoided an arbitration hearing, but it appears Mike Foltynewicz will have his 2018 salary determined by an arbitration panel."

Realmuto, Straily, Bour headed for arbitration
"Miami now is preparing for arbitration hearings with catcher J.T. Realmuto, right-hander Dan Straily and first baseman Justin Bour."

Phillies avoid arbitration with Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco, Luis Garcia
"The Phillies wrapped up all of their potential salary arbitration cases when they agreed to 2018 contracts with infielders Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco and relief pitcher Luis Garcia on Friday."

Mets, Playing Catch Up, Hire Specialist to Avert Injuries
"After another season of many injuries and criticism of how they handle players’ health, the Mets have hired a specialist to address the concerns by revamping their medical and training procedures."