The Washington Nationals agreed to a two-year contract with right-hander Craig Stammen on Friday, avoiding arbitration for the 2013 season and giving them salary certainty for Stammen for the 2014 season as well. His agents, Paragon Sports International, announced the deal.
(UPDATE) Stammen will make $2.25 million over the life of the two-year deal, a source confirmed.
A long-tenured member of the Nationals, Stammen had something of a breakout season in 2012 as he found his niche in the bullpen. A favorite of manager Davey Johnson for his durability and flexibility, Stammen was one of the most versatile and valuable members of the Nationals’ bullpen this past season.
Stammen’s role shifted between long relief and late-inning set-up work and he had some periods of the season that were more impressive than others. But on the whole he established himself as an important part of the Nationals’ bullpen. He finished the season with a 2.34 ERA
Stammen’s agency did not immediately disclose the financial terms of the two-year contract.
The Nationals are down to four arbitration eligible players, having already agreed to terms with Ross Detwiler and Drew Storen. Roger Bernadina, Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann remain.