In an interview with the Washington Post, Clippard let it be known that he was stressing out about the arbitration situation. Clippard and the Nationals were just a tad under $2 million apart in exchanging figures before settling on a one-year, $5.875 million contract for 2014. He was the last arbitration eligible player for the Nationals.
Clippard, who must go through the arbitration process once more before free agency, said that his agent, Casey Close discussed a deal similar to the two-year deals that Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond received.
During those types of situations, you try to feel out all the different scenarios so everyone can feel happy. Those discussions, they happened. I wasn’t on the phone. It was my agent and them, and whether or not there was some validity to that…we were just trying to get a deal done that both sides were happy with.
The 29-year old Clippard has pitched in every role imaginable for the Nationals. He started in 2008 before being a key bullpen piece, eventually working his way to closer in 2012, and now being relegated to setup man for Rafael Soriano. Last season, Clippard posted a 6-3 record as a reliever with a 2.41 ERA with a 3.04 K/BB rate.