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Report: Strasburg, Nationals Agree on $3.975M Deal to Avoid Arbitration

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Stephen Strasburg watches as the Tigers' Alex Avila rounds the bases after hitting a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game in Detroit. (Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Stephen Strasburg watches as the Tigers’ Alex Avila rounds the bases after hitting a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game in Detroit. (Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The Washington Nationals and ace Stephen Strasburg have agreed on a contract to avoid salary arbitration entering his fifth season in Major League Baseball, Adam Kilgore is reporting for the Washington Post.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports Strasburg will receive $3.975 million (plus performance bonuses) in 2014; a slight increase over the $3.9 million he was paid in 2013.

This roster move doesn’t necessarily have any implications beyond the upcoming season, but does help the team avoid building any ill-will with Strasburg when it comes time to either negotiate a long-term deal, or decide he’s not in the big picture; at least, for another offseason.

The goal of salary arbitration is to keep teams honest if a player is outperforming his rookie deal. Methods used by teams to determine if a player would warrant more money in front of an arbitration panel typically include measuring the player’s past performance against the salaries of statistically-comparable players.

In fact, players can be arbitration-eligible multiple times in their careers.

Other current Nationals eligible to hit arbitration include Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Ross Ohlendorf, Drew Storen and Jordan Zimmermann.

If you’d like to read further on the mysterious logistics of arbitration and how teams determine the valuation of individual players, head on over to MLB Trade Rumors for a crash course.

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