Nationals agree to terms with Olsen

Nationals agree to terms with Olsen

The Nationals trimmed their arbitration list by one player on Sunday, when they agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.8 million contract with left-handed starter Scott Olsen. When figures were exchanged on Jan. 20, Olsen asked for $3.5 million, and the Nationals countered with $2.5 million.

Olsen, acquired along with outfielder Josh Willingham in a five-player deal with the Marlins on Nov. 11, was one of just 18 National League pitchers to reach the 200-inning plateau last season, when he went 8-11 with a 4.20 ERA.

Over his last three seasons, the 25-year-old has pitched at least 175 innings, has eclipsed 30 starts and ranks in the top five among NL left-handers in wins (tied for fifth, 30), starts (first, 97), innings (second, 559), strikeouts (fourth, 412) and quality starts (tied for fifth, 46).

For his four-year career, Olsen -- a sixth-round Draft pick by the Marlins in 2002 -- is 31-37 with a 4.63 ERA in 102 appearances (101 starts).

Remaining for the Nationals in terms of potential arbitration cases are Willingham and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Shawn Hill won his arbitration hearing on Saturday, and will make $775,000 in 2009.

Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.