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Nationals, Clippard agree to deal

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The Washington Nationals and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a contract Monday. While the team did not announce the terms, multiple media outlets reported that the sides settled on a one-year, $5,875,000 deal.

Clippard asked for $6.35 million and the Nationals countered with a $4.45 million offer when the sides previously exchanged arbitration figures.

Clippard, the Nationals' setup man, went 6-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 71 innings last year. He struck out 73 and walked 23. Clippard recorded 32 saves in 2012 but none in 2013.

The Nationals have no more pending arbitration cases, having reached agreements with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players this offseason.
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