With several current players' salaries increasing, the Nationals' payroll will exceed $120 million next year, even if they don't sign any free agents.
Right-hander Tim Hudson has signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, taking him out of the National League East which is great news for the Nationals.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz has re-signed with the Phils for a reported three-year, $26 million contract. The deal also includes a full team option for the fourth year.
All in all, 2013 was a tough year for the 26-year-old. He dealt with injuries and was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse in June.