Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals avoid arbitration with $7.4 million, 1-year contract



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WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $7.4 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.

Washington also agreed Friday to one-year deals with starter Doug Fister ($11.4 million) and reliever Drew Storen ($5.7 million).

Strasburg went 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA last year, and his 242 strikeouts tied for the NL lead. He made $4.1 million.

The 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick is 43-30 with 3.02 ERA over parts of five seasons.

Washington agreed Thursday with catcher Wilson Ramos ($3.55 million), right-hander Craig Stammen ($2.25 million). Second baseman Danny Espinosa ($1.8 million) and backup catcher Jose Lobaton ($1.2 million).

Reliever Jerry Blevins is Washington's only remaining player in arbitration. He asked for $2.4 million, and the team offered $2.2 million.

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