The Nationals could not come to terms with right-handed starter Doug Fister and ace reliever Tyler Clippard before Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline, and so, per the arbitration system’s guidelines, the sides will exchange salary figures. Using those numbers as endpoints, the sides will have about a month to come to a deal in order to avoid a hearing. Regardless, Fister and Clippard remain under the Nationals’ contractual control.
Clippard, who is eligible for the third time, will likely surpass $6 million in 2014 salary. Fister, eligible for the second time, stands to make roughly $7 million.