Nats, Tyler Clippard avoid arbitration

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The Nationals agreed to terms with relief pitcher Tyler Clippard on Tuesday and avoided arbitration.

Clippard, 28, made $4 million in 2013. When filing for arbitration his representatives asked for $6.35 million, the Nats countered with $4.45 million and the two sides settled on $5.875 million for one year.

But Clippard is coming off a fine season. He pitched 71 inings in 72 games with a 2.41 ERA. It was almost as good as his 2011 when Clippard posted a 1.83 ERA in 88 1/3 innings. The right-hander is again expected to serve as a set-up man for closer Rafael Soriano.

Clippard is versatile, too, with 32 saves in 2012 when forced into the closer’s role much of the season after an elbow injury sidelined Drew Storen. He had a 3.72 ERA that season. His signing ensures that Washington will not go to a potentially contentious arbitration hearing with any of the 10 players who were eligible for it this winter.

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