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Nats settle with Clippard, avoid arbitration

Feb 10, 2014, 12:59 PM EST

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The Nationals and Tyler Clippard agreed to salary terms today, thus avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled to take place Feb. 17 in Florida.

Clippard will make $5.875 million this season, according to, settling on a number that was higher than the midpoint of the two sides’ formal arbitration offers last month.

Clippard, who made $4 million last season, was seeking $6.35 million. The Nationals were offering $4.45 million.

Today’s settlement resolves all 10 of the Nationals’ arbitration cases for the winter and ensures the club won’t go to any hearings for the second straight year.

The Nationals now have 22 players under contract for 2014, with those salaries totaling nearly $130 million. Their Opening Day payroll in 2013 was $118 million, a franchise record at the time.

  1. tcostant - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Again – way above the mid-point. Rizzo saw the writing that he was going to loss.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Good. On to Florida!

    • David Proctor - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Just stop by AJ Burnett’s house to pick him up on the way

  3. shawndc04 - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    The manner in which the Nationals have handled the arb-eligible players, all of whom got hefty raises or settlements above the midpoint makes Washington an attractive destination. The negotiations seemed to have been handled amicably, professionally, and in a player friendly manner.

    • NatsNut - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      +1. It leaves me with such a positive feeling all around. Great way to start Ps & Cs week.

  4. Section 222 - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Glad the “case by case” file and trial allowed Clip’s deal to get done. The fact that Rizzo settled over the midpoint seems to indicate he thought there was a decent chance Clip would win.

  5. jd - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Everyone should remember this for next year when a couple of players file for arbitration and we all go into panic mode. These things always get settled with players the team actually values.

  6. scnatsfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    This is not bad news!

  7. Sonny G 10 - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    I’m most happy that contracts were worked out before any hearings.

    • natsfan1a - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Likewise. Is it spring yet?

  8. senators5 - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Not saying anything you don’t already know, but these signings before arbitration are an absolute sign of a positive workplace and for baseball players who tend to get paranoid about everything, this is very good. Thanks go GMMR, and of course, the Lerners for making this town so desirable for players and fans..

  9. webk109 - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Reblogged this on Side of Natitude and commented:
    This is not written by me, but by Nats Insider. However, this is important for all Nats fans to know. New post coming soon!

  10. Theophilus T.S. - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    The thought that Rizzo “thought he was going to lose” ignores the point that, in empirical terms (not the jousting of arbitration), Clippard was worth closer to $6MM a year than a lot of the bums who have signed for it. He was really assessing the chance that he might win and in the process make Clippard feel unappreciated. (There was some starting pitcher out west who signed last week for $6MM a couple of days after Fister signed for $7MM and if I were Fister I would have asked for a do-over.). I think this was a hearing Rizzo didn’t dare win. So he went out of his way to make sure Clippard didn’t think he had lost.

    • Section 222 - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      This is an intriguing way to look at it. But why would you think that Rizzo figured that out only after making his offer? Did he all of a sudden realize that Clip was worth more? Was he posturing for Ted Lerner?

  11. janebeard - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I’m glad they found a deal that was north of the mid-point. Clip early deserved it. So did WE!

    Closer every minute…

  12. realdealnats - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I really respect the razor’s edge Rizzo walks. He always waits. He values “value.” Yet he does–as some have said–do what he needs to do to create a good work place–and not a spoiled work place. This is the “art” of being a top notch GM imho. I hope he goes after Burnett and as decent a receiving/calling catcher as is out there w/o giving up the ranch. That will totally square us away pitching/receiving-wise. Then I say we play 2 and let the chips fall where they may. GYFNG!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM


  13. scnatsfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    You have to think Rizzo is going to make one more move

  14. realdealnats - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Or hopefully two.

  15. Chazz - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    remembered where the Chipotle is:,+Melbourne,+Florida+32940&hl=en





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