Nationals, Fister avoid arbitration with deal for 2014

Nationals, Fister avoid arbitration with deal for 2014
February 1, 2014, 9:00 am
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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.

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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.