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Jesus Flores returned to the majors after missing two years with a shoulder injury.
Flores receives a modest raise from his $750,000 salary from 2011, appropriate for a player who appeared in only 30 big-league games last season. The 27-year-old hit just .209 with one homer and two RBI over 91 plate appearances, but the numbers were less important than the fact he returned to action after missing two seasons with a major shoulder injury.
Though he lost his starting job behind the plate to Wilson Ramos, Flores re-established himself as a major leaguer, and the Nationals appear committed to him as their No. 2 catcher after watching him excel this winter in his native Venezuela. In 56 games for Navegantes del Magallanes, Flores hit .330 with eight homers, 39 RBI and a .514 slugging percentage.
Today's signing of Flores, combined with yesterday's inking of left-hander Gio Gonzalez to a five-year, $42 million extension, leaves the Nationals with five remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players: Michael Morse, Jordan Zimmermann, John Lannan, Tyler Clippard and Tom Gorzelanny.
If teams and players don't come to terms by Wednesday, they must submit dueling arbitration figures to MLB. Hearings will be set for February, but the two sides can always agree on a deal prior to those.