The Washington Post

Nationals avoid arbitration with Craig Stammen with two-year deal

(Charlie Riedel/AP)

The Nationals and Craig Stammen avoided arbitration with a two-year contract worth $2.25 million, essentially buying out the first two of the right-hander’s arbitration years, according to a person close to the deal.

Stammen became eligible for arbitration for the first time because of the Super Two exception in which a player gets an extra year of arbitration because of their service time. The 28-year-old right-hander was a workhorse for the Nationals last season, posting a 2.34 ERA in 88 1/3 innings. He made $485,000 last season.

Stammen, a former starter, was the Nationals long reliever but is versatile and was also a general fill-in man, pitching the sixth, seventh or eighth inning or notching a save. Stammen will likely be counted on again to fill the same role next season — but that remains to be seen given the logjam of relievers for seven spots. The Nationals control Stammen’s rights through 2016.

Stammen’s deal came on the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange figures. The Nationals have reach deals with four of their players and only three arbitration-eligible players remain: Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Ian Desmond.

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.