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Nats, Fister avoid arbitration, agree to one-year deal

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WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Doug Fister avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal with the Nationals on Saturday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but The Associated Press reported that it includes a base salary of $7.2 million with performance bonuses of $75,000 each for reaching 200 and 210 innings pitched.

Fister, acquired from the Tigers in a trade in December, wanted $8.5 million; the Nats countered with $5.5 million. Fister said last Saturday at NatsFest that he hoped to get a deal done soon.

"We both want to settle," Fister said. "It's one of those things where no one wants to go to arbitration. We'll see what we can do."

With Fister signed, reliever Tyler Clippard is the only player expected to take the Nationals to arbitration this month. Clippard is asking for $6.35 million, with Washington offering $4.45 million.

"I don't know, we'll see how it plays out," Clippard said last week. "The discussions are up to me, the Nationals, my agent and everything like that. Talking about it in the media doesn't do me any good."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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