The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with left-hander Ross Detwiler on Friday, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $2.3375 million contract with performance bonuses for innings pitched in the 2013 season. Detwiler’s agency, CAA Baseball, announced the contract on twitter and Detwiler himself tweeted his thanks for getting a deal done.
Establishing himself as a power left-handed starter in 2012, Detwiler earned a significant raise in his first year of arbitration, getting a 1.8525 million boost over his $485,000 salary from last season.
The Nationals were so confident in Detwiler and the strong performance he gave last spring that they installed him as their No. 5 starter coming out of camp, electing to send John Lannan and his $5 million salary to Triple-A in order to avoid wasting Detwiler in the bullpen as a long reliever.
The lefty still went through some growing pains, and was even forced out of his rotation spot for a month for Chien-Ming Wang, but overall 2012 served as something as a coming out party for him.
Detwiler was 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 164 1/3 innings of work and his one playoff start was the Nationals’ best starting pitching performance of the entire National League Division Series.
The Nationals still have five arbitration-eligible players remaining in Roger Bernadina, Tyler Clippard Ian Desmond, Craig Stammen and Jordan Zimmermann. The deadline for teams and players to exchange figures for arbitration is Friday afternoon. The Nationals agreed to terms with Drew Storen to avoid arbitration on Thursday night.