Nats trade salary figures with five

Nats trade salary figures with five players

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals exchanged salary figures with their five arbitration-eligible players -- right-handers Chad Cordero and John Patterson, outfielders Alex Escobar and Austin Kearns and shortstop Felipe Lopez -- on Tuesday afternoon.

Cordero, who saved 29 games, a 3.19 ERA and earned $525,000 in 2006, is looking for a $4.15 million payday, while Washington is looking to give him $3.65 million.

Patterson missed of most of the 2006 season because of a right forearm injury, but he's expected to be healthy for 2007. The right-hander is looking to make $1.85 million, but the Nats offered $850,000.

Escobar also had an injury-plagued season, but the outfielder managed to hit .356 in 33 games. Escobar is seeking to make $590,000, with Washington looking to give him $500,000.

Kearns had the best season of his career, hitting 24 home runs and driving in 86 runs. The outfielder is asking for $4.25 million, but the Nats are seeking to give him a $3.65 million payday.

Lopez, who set career highs in walks, runs scored and stolen bases, is seeking $4.1 million, while Washington offered him $3.7 million.

Chris Snelling was also arbitration-eligible, but the outfielder signed a one-year, $450,000 contract on Tuesday.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.