The Nationals reached an agreement with a fourth arbitration-eligible player on Friday, agreeing to terms with outfielder Roger Bernadina, according to a source. Bernadina will make $1,212,500 in base salary with performance bonuses that can total $130,000.
Bernadina’s first arbitration experience comes after several years in the organization where Bernadina didn’t always take advantage of his opportunities at the major league level. But in 2012, he proved himself to be an extremely valuable fourth outfielder.
Bernadina appeared in 129 regular-season games this season, but started only 94 of them in the outfield. He still managed to hit .291 with a .372 on-base percentage and five homers.
Bernadina will earn $30,000 for 270 plate appearances, $50,000 for 325 plate appearances and another $50,000 if he reaches 400 plate appearances.
The Nationals have agreed to terms with all of their first-time arbitration-eligible players except for shortstop Ian Desmond, and haven’t yet agreed with Tyler Clippard or Jordan Zimmermann, who are both second-time arbitration-eligible.