Drew Storen, Nationals avoid arbitration

(Alex Brandon / AP)

(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.

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