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Ross Detwiler agreed to a one-year, $2.3375 million contract.
It's deadline day for all arbitration-eligible players to either come to terms on 2013 contracts with their clubs or else submit competing offers to Major League Baseball in advance of hearings next month.
Which isn't to say this is a hard-and-fast deadline, because the two sides are still allowed to negotiate with each other before those hearings ever take place. But there will some significant motivation to get deals done today and avoid the whole, messy arbitration process altogether.
The Nationals have seven arbitration-eligible players this season: Drew Storen (who signed a $2.5 million contract with incentives last night), Ross Detwiler, Jordan Zimmermann, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen and Roger Bernadina.
Detwiler became the first member of the group to sign today, agreeing to a one-year, $2.3375 million contract that also includes incentives, according to his agency (CAA, which also represents Storen, not to mention Ryan Zimmerman).
It's a nice bump in salary for Detwiler, who made $485,000 last season and then went 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 33 games (27 starts), firmly establishing himself as a member of the Nationals' rotation. This was his first season of arbitration eligibility.
Check back here throughout the day for updates on the other unsigned players...
UPDATE AT 12:46 P.M. -- Craig Stammen has agreed to a two-year contract, according to his agency, Paragon Sports. Stammen was eligible for arbitration for the first time, qualifying as a "Super 2" player. So his salary is now set for both 2013 and 2014, but he'll still be arbitration-eligible in 2015 and 2016 before he can become a free agent. The right-hander, who made $485,000 last season, went 6-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 59 relief appearances.
UPDATE AT 2:35 P.M. -- Another signing to report: Roger Bernadina has come to terms on a one-year, $1.215 million deal. Stammen's two-year deal, meanwhile, is worth $2.25 million.
UPDATE AT 3:54 p.m. -- And another signing to report: Ian Desmond has agreed to a one-year, $3.8 million contract. Desmond was in his first year of arbitration, having made only $512,500 last season while posting career-best numbers and earning his first All-Star selection. Desmond remains a candidate for a long-term deal that would buy out some of his free agency years, but for now he's under contract for 2013.
UPDATE AT 4:03 P.M. -- And now the Nationals have officially announced six signings: Storen, Detwiler, Stammen, Bernadina, Desmond and Tyler Clippard. So that leaves only Jordan Zimmermann unsigned among the group. The two sides either will have to come to terms by midnight or else swap arbitration figures.
UPDATE AT 6:00 P.M. -- And the final news of the day: Jordan Zimmermann has filed for arbitration. He's asking for $5.8 million, the Nationals countered at $4.6 million.