Nationals tender contracts to six players, non-tender Doug Slaten

UPDATE, 9:30 P.M.: The Washington Nationals tendered contracts to all arbitration-eligible players other than left-handed reliever Doug SlatenMichael Morse, John Lannan, Tyler Clippard, Tom Gorzelanny, Jesus Flores and Jordan Zimmermann.

The only difficult decision, really, came with Gorzelanny. A left-hander, Gorzelanny started 15 games last season before the Nationals moved him to the bullpen. For about $2.5 million, the Nationals will get a pitcher who gives them depth as a starter and who last year pitched reliably as a reliever.

The Nationals will non-tender Slaten by tonight’s deadline, a person with knowledge said. The Nationals and Slaten, who made $695,000 last year, had initial talks about a pre-arbitration deal but they never gained traction. Slaten will not be signing with the Nationals, looking instead for a team where he’d have a better shot at making the team.

Slaten performed well for the Nationals in 2010 before injury and ineffectiveness derailed him last year. Slaten pitched only 16 1/3 innings, allowing eight earned runs and 15 inherited runners to score.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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