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The Nationals reached a one-year contract with right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann, allowing them to avoid arbitration with all seven of their eligible players.

When the two sides exchanged figures last month, Zimmermann asked for $5.8 million and the Nationals offered $4.8 million. An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 19, but both sides wanted to avoid what is often a contentious process.

Zimmermann, 26, was in his second year of arbitration eligibility after making $2.3 million in 2012. Last year, he went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA over 195 2/3 innings with 157 strikeouts and 43 walks.

The Nationals did not need a trial for second time in three years. Before 2011, they went to arbitration with at least one player for five straight seasons.