Nationals Agree to Contract Terms With 12 Players
With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in Viera, Fla., on Tuesday, the Washington Nationals came to contract terms with a dozen players yesterday, leaving just four players invited to major league camp without deals.
The players who haven't yet signed include two who have arbitration hearings set for later in the month -- closer Chad Cordero and right-hander John Patterson. Cordero has asked for $4.15 million, and the Nationals offered $3.65 million. Patterson is asking for $1.85 million and was offered $850,000.
The other two remaining unsigned players are third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and outfielder Nook Logan. Neither has enough major league service time to make contract demands. They likely are to be signed by the time position players report to camp Feb. 18.
The players who agreed to contracts announced yesterday were right-handers Jason Bergmann, Emiliano Fruto, Joel Hanrahan, Jon Rauch, Tim Redding, Saul Rivera and Ryan Wagner; left-handers Micah Bowie and Billy Traber; outfielders Ryan Church and Michael Restovich; and infielder Josh Wilson.
The Nationals have 71 players scheduled to report to major league camp. That number isn't likely to change between now and next week. Though Washington had been in contact with the agent for veteran pitcher Steve Trachsel, a club source said this week the team no longer had interest.
-- Barry Svrluga