Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals avoid arbitration


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The Nationals reached a one-year contract with right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann, allowing them to avoid arbitration with all seven of their eligible players.

When the two sides exchanged figures last month, Zimmermann asked for $5.8 million and the Nationals offered $4.8 million. An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 19, but both sides wanted to avoid what is often a contentious process.

Zimmermann, 26, was in his second year of arbitration eligibility after making $2.3 million in 2012. Last year, he went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA over 195 2/3 innings with 157 strikeouts and 43 walks.

The Nationals did not need a trial for second time in three years. Before 2011, they went to arbitration with at least one player for five straight seasons.

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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