The two remaining arbitration cases for the Washington Nationals will not be getting contract extensions, according to General Manager Mike Rizzo.
Rizzo was asked the question at the annual event NatsFest, but said that the two pitchers will be receiving one-year deals for 2014. Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond both received two-year deals in avoiding arbitration. The Nationals and representatives for Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister have until an arbitration hearing date between February 1-21 to come to an agreement on a salary for 2014, or an independent third party will determine the figure.
Fister, acquired from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol, and Robbie Ray, is seeking an $8.5 million deal, while the Nationals are offering $3 million less. In 33 games with the Tigers last year, the 30 year old went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA over 208.2IP.
Tyler Clippard, the one-time starter, one-time closer, and most recently setup man, is looking for $6.35 million from the Nationals in 2014, while the team is countering with $4.45 million. Last year as the setup man for Rafael Soriano, Clippard compiled a 6-3 record with a 2.41 ERA over 71IP.
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