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
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.