Drew Storen, Nationals avoid arbitration


(Alex Brandon / AP)

The Nationals continue to plow through contracts for arbitration-eligible players, agreeing to a one-year, $3.45 million contract with reliever Drew Storen in order to avoid a hearing. In his second of four arbitration-eligible seasons as a “Super Two” player, Storen can also earn $1 million in incentives based on games finished.

Storen, 26, received a raise from the $2.75 million he made in 2013 even after a demotion to Class AAA, from which he bounced back in the final month of the season. Storen earned $250,000 of his 2013 salary when he finished 20 games, fulfilling a performance bonus in his contract.

Here is the breakdown of how Storen can reach incentives:

Games Finished          Bonus

35        $50,000

40        $100,000

45        $150,000

50        $200,000

60        $500,000

The contract is structured that way so Storen will be paid a salary commensurate with other closers if he becomes the Nationals’ closer through injury or another team’s closer through a trade.

The Nationals have five arbitration-eligible players left to deal with: Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Jerry Blevins, Tyler Clippard and Wilson Ramos.

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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