Jan 20, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT
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Michael Morse was rewarded for his breakthrough season.
Updated at 8:21 p.m.
The Nationals have agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million extension with outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse, the club announced this afternoon.
The two sides actually reached the agreement prior to Tuesday's arbitration filing deadline. The contract, however, was contingent upon Morse passing a physical, so he and the club still needed to submit their competing arbitration offers ($5 million for Morse, $3.5 million for the Nationals).
Morse passed the physical today, making the deal complete and negating the need for the arbitration hearing.
The two-year contract doesn't prevent Morse from becoming a free agent following the 2013 season, but it does buy out his two remaining arbitration years at an affordable rate.
This extension, though, could factor into the Nationals' potential pursuit of first baseman Prince Fielder. Though Morse is slated to open thisRead more »
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SAT: Giants at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Giants at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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