Nationals extend Jordan Zimmermann, avoid arbitration with Drew Storen


The Nationals effectively bought out the remainder of Zimmermann's arbitration eligibility, and avoided the process with Storen for 2014.

The Washington Nationals have agreed to buy out Jordan Zimmerman's remaining arbitration eligibility on a two-year, $24 million deal, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Zimmermann will earn $7.5 million next season and $16.5 million in 2015.

The 27-year-old right hander has been dominant since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2009. He's pitched over 600 innings since, going 40-30 for the Nationals with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He was named an All-Star for the first time last season, and finished seventh in NL Cy Young voting.

While the club would likely prefer a longer extension with one of their most productive pitchers, the two-year deal will allow them to avoid the arbitration process with Zimmermann this offseason and next winter while they weigh their options for a more substantial commitment.

Washington also avoided arbitration with reliever Drew Storen on a one-year contract worth $3.45 million. Storen, 26, can earn an additional $1 million in performance-based incentives in the deal. The right hander saved 43 games for the Nationals in 2011, but has been relegated to set-up and middle-relief duties due to injuries and the team's addition of Rafael Soriano last winter.

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