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Nationals, Fister avoid arbitration with deal for 2014

Feb 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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[Updated 12:07 p.m.]

The Nationals have agreed to terms with starting pitcher Doug Fister on a contract for 2014 to avoid arbitration, the team announced on Saturday.

The deal leaves Tyler Clippard as the only Nats player yet to reach an agreement for this season. Fister and Clippard were among eight different Nationals who filed for arbitration on Jan. 14.

Fister will receive $7.2 million in 2014 with an extra $100,000 in incentives based on innings pitched. Joel Sherman of the New York Post first had the financial details.

Fister filed on Jan. 17 for $8.5 million. The Nationals countered with $5.5 million, leaving significant room between them. They ended up slightly closer to Fister’s asking price.

Fister joined the Nationals in a Dec. 2 trade with the Tigers. In exchange the Nationals sent prospect Robbie Ray, reliever Ian Krol and infielder Steve Lombardozzi to Detroit.

Fister, a five-year pro, holds a 3.53 career ERA across 130 total appearances. In 2013 he went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 208 2/3 innings pitched with the Tigers.

  1. NatsLady - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Great news. Now we’ll see if Clip and The Rizz “have fun” in arbitration. As Marquis Grissom said, every player should go through arbitration once in his career to see the business side of things. Good Luck, gentlemen!

    • zmunchkin - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      I would not be surprised to see Clip and the Nats end up going to arbitration. But the oft-repeated comment about going through it to see the business side of things is a bit over-used IMO. Most of these guys are fully aware that it is a business.

      And the numbers for Clippard are somewhat intriguing. I would say that neither side has a clear-cut advantage. Clippard can point to all the absurd (again IMO) deals being given to relievers as comps; the Nats can point out that he is not a FT closer but is asking for closer-type $s.

      Both sides should cut their potential losses and split the difference.

  2. nats1924 - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    im sure arb gets really nasty.

    11 days till ST!

  3. natsfan reduxit - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    … hey there, from freezing, icy, New Brunswick [canada]. Great to take a seat on the bench once again. If only Florida weren’t so far away, and the cash flow wasn’t so sticky, I’d settle back in the sun and watch the pre-season unfold. As it is, I’m just happy to be back in this forum, waiting on April 1st. Great year comin’.

    • Sonny G 10 - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Welcome back, natsfan reduxit.

    • Chas - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM


      • natsfan1a - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        I will see your “like” and raise you a “like.”

  4. water47 - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Now that Fister is in the fold.. Do the Nats make a final move? Bronson Arroyo would be a solid addition to the roster and would not cost a pick. Yes, he might be in the way of others RD TR etc but a solid 5 would make for a rosy start to the season. I think he could be had on a one year deal.

    It also, goes to the point made about the Red Sox in this article Red Sox farm system plan. They built a good team with a solid talent base by making FA signings that do not cost picks. This allowed them freedom to move talent when needed.

  5. sjm308 - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Glad to see this.

    I have no idea how nasty it gets but I have to hope that if it does go to an arbitrator, that right before the meeting Rizzo goes up to Clippard, and lets him know its not personal and that he values how much he has done for this club the last few years. Maybe I am naive here but the last thing I would want is a player coming out of that meeting upset. Then again, even if he loses, the money is pretty damn amazing.

    • NatsLady - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      After all these years, going through a lot, they know each other pretty well, you have to figure.

      • Jb - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Trade Clipboard. He’s nothing but a malecontent.

  6. TimDz - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    I would love to be in a profession where I lose at arbitration and walk away with a substantial raise….
    With the money these guys make, they could be a bit more thick skinned….

  7. Doc - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Closer Smoser, Clip comes in the late innings and does the deal. Da ‘closer’ is one of the more over-rated clunky stats in baseball.

    Clip did more in the 7th or 8th inning last season than Soriano did in the 9th.

    If I were Clip’s agent, I’d make the up-coming arbitration hearing something that Rizzo would never forget!!!

    Clip should also get a special bonus for standing up for Stor when he was sent down.

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Clip GooooooooooooooooooooooooooooNats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. David Proctor - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Joel Sherman ‏@Joelsherman1 5s
    #Nationals settled with Fister at $7.2M plus $100K for 200/210IP. Had asked for $8.5M, Wash offered $5.75M

  9. JayB - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Rizzo is still pissed and lost respect for Clip when he started crying literally when Storen was sent down. Clip will and Storen will both be traded this Spring. No crying in baseball and no me first approaches and jobs given based on past performance. Clip Storen and Danny all out before opening day.

    • David Proctor - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      What in the world…

    • Doc - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      OK, got that JayB.

      Clip, Storen, and Espi all gone before opening day.

      Wad about Harps? Does his ‘play me or trade me Twitter rant qualify for team team banishment ?

      • sjm308 - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        JayB – get back on your meds, quickly!!!

        Glad you have a direct line to Mr. Rizzo and know he is pissed. I really think you belong on talk radio or that show with Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless. Throw enough “stuff” on the wall and something will stick. Surprised you didn’t get your obligatory dig in on Davey and the relaxed spring training, you are slipping.

    • natsfan reduxit - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      … hey JayB. Glad to know you’re still as active as ever.

  10. Section 222 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Clipp gets to arbitration. Rizzo just doesn’t like paying that much to relievers (closers excepted). I also wouldn’t be surprised if Clipp wins. But Rizzo won’t care. He’s taking a shot at saving some money and he probably doesn’t care much about Clipp’s “feelings.” He has no intention of signing Clipp in free agency for the kind of money and years top relievers, even non-closers, are now getting.

    I doubt any of the three JayB mentioned will be traded by Opening Day – Espi because his value is so low. Storen because Rizzo’s price is high given his controllability, and Clipp because we need him too much. Clipp could easily be dealt before next season though, and Storen some time this year if the right offer is made for him. Rizzo has a cold heart.

  11. David Proctor - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    The Royals just DFA’d old pal Emilio Bonifacio. I’d much rather have him than a guy like Jamey Carroll. Rizzo should make a call for depth.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM


    • Section 222 - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Get Bonifacio in our system if only to keep him from killing us whenever we play the team he’s on.

  12. Candide - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Cunegonde and I are all set for Viera! We’ll be seeing the Barves and the Cards March 8-9! Our first ST ever!

    Can I get a woo-hoo (copyright 2014 MicheleS)?

    • sjm308 - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      WOOOOO-HOOOOOO even though that is a jealous woooo-hoooo. I expect pictures!! and stories.

      Candide, do yourself a favor and try and take in a NASCAR race as well. I hear JayB highly recommends that

      • Candide - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        Will definitely have pictures. Looking to meet up with NatsJack.

    • ArVAFan - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Yes, you can get a woo-hoo and/or an amen. And yes, we expect insights, updates, and rumors. Daily. You’ll love it.

      • Candide - Feb 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        You’re going to post also, right?

    • zmunchkin - Feb 1, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      On the topic of ST, my wife and I have gone down a couple of times to catch a game. This year our schedule dictates that we go the end of Feb. Has anyone seen a published schedule for the practices? Current thinking is to catch practice/drills on the 27th and the away game on the 28th against the Mets. But would hate to do that and then discover not much going on in Viera on the 27th.

  13. sjberke - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Don’t know if anyone else saw the 2014 Baseball Prospectus, which came out this week. I turned eagerly to the Nationals essay and was quite disappointed. The essay was by Jorge Arangure, who most of you will remember (this year for the first time, they are putting bylines on the essays), and he devoted all of it to the Smiley Gonzalez affair. An interesting subject, to be sure, but I don’t think it has much to do with the Nationals of today (except of.course that, as Arangure points out at length, it is what led the Lerners to give Bowden the heave ho and put Rizzo in his place); I was hoping for a review of the state of the Nationals and their chances for this season, which is what most of the other essays are about.

    • natsfan reduxit - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      … first of all, Smiley G was old news even before JimBo left. Secondly however, how could that situation possibly have anything to do with the performance of the Nats on the field?





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