Detwiler signs with Nationals, avoids arbitration

Detwiler signs with Nationals, avoids arbitration
January 16, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Ross Detwiler and the Nationals came to terms on a 2014 contract Thursday night, avoiding arbitration only 24 hours before they would have been required to submit competing salary figures.

Detwiler will earn $3 million this season, a modest raise from his 2013 salary of $2.3375 million, according to sources familiar with the contract. The deal includes a $50,000 performance bonus if he pitches at least 180 innings.

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Detwiler would have been in line for an even bigger raise in his second year of arbitration-eligibility, but a lingering back injury derailed his season and limited him to only 13 starts. The left-hander wound up going 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA, making his final start of the year on July 3.

Detwiler was one of eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration on Tuesday. His new deal leaves seven others who must either come to terms by Friday evening or else submit dueling salary figures with the Nationals to Major League Baseball: Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, Jerry Blevins and Wilson Ramos.