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Nats agree to terms with all 17 pre-arbitration players

Feb 26, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT

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VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals agreed to contract terms with all 17 of their pre-arbitration players on Wednesday, finalizing the entire roster’s 2014 salaries with little disagreement.

Those players, who all have fewer than three years of big-league service time and thus aren’t yet eligible for arbitration, have no official say in their salary figures at this point. But in announcing they “agreed to terms” with all 17, as opposed to “renewing a contract,” the Nationals were able to successfully negotiate with their players rather than impose a particular salary number on any.

All of these players will make the MLB league minimum salary ($500,000) or receive slight raises above that, based on service time and career performance.

Topping the list is Danny Espinosa, who will make $540,000 this season, according to sources familiar with the contract. That’s more than a standard raise from Espinosa’s $526,000 salary a year ago, a show of good faith from the Nationals after leaving the slumping infielder at Class AAA Syracuse in September and preventing him from accruing enough service time to qualify for arbitration this winter.

The other players to signed Wednesday: Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore, Xavier Cedeno, Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan, Jhonatan Solano, Erik Davis, Eury Perez, Christian Garcia, Jeff Kobernus, Sandy Leon, Zach Walters, Aaron Barrett, Sammy Solis, Steven Souza Jr., and Michael Taylor.

The Nationals’ entire 40-man roster is now under contract for 2014.

  1. veejh - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Everyone should happy and ready to make a run. I’m so pumped for this season.

  2. sjm308 - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Can someone tell me what it cost Espinosa to have the kind of season he had. Did I read that he was about 9 days short of being eligible for arbitration? If not exactly 9 I think it was close to that and you can’t tell me they left him in Syracuse because he needed to work on fundamentals. Don’t get me wrong, he did nothing to contribute last year and I was not happy with his play or his attitude. I remain hopeful that he will be an X factor for this club and contribute greatly at all 3 infield positions coming off the bench.

    Go Nats!!

    • David Proctor - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      It probably cost him at least a few million dollars.

  3. Jb - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Saying that the Nats and these players “agreed to terms” is like saying the IRS and I agreed to terms on my taxes.

    • tcostant - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      I use to be a Mets fan before moving here from NJ. I truely am a Nats fan now, as I wished for baseball and it came here. The Mets had a player Benny Agbayani who was a pretty good pre-arbitration player, I can remember what he was asking for, but it was huge. The Mets basicly said sign this deal or renew you at 50K less. He refused and made $50K less than he could have he signed earlier. So agreed to terms is not so fat off.

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