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Trea Turner avoids arbitration in 2019

WASHINGTON — With details still streaming in following Friday’s 1 p.m. ET deadline to exchange arbitration figures, the Nationals already settled with two of their arbitration-eligible candidates, agreeing to one-year deals with shortstop Trea Turner and right-hander Joe Ross. Turner will get $3.725 million for the 2019 season and Ross will receive $1 million, according to the Athletic.

Turner was in his first year of being arbitration-eligible after qualifying for Super Two status by just two service days, which granted him a fourth year of arbitration eligibility. He played in all 162 games last season and was worth 4.8 Wins Above Replacement. Ross, the club’s projected fifth starter coming off Tommy John surgery, is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and made just three starts in 2018 after recovering from the procedure.

WASHINGTON — With details still streaming in following Friday’s 1 p.m. ET deadline to exchange arbitration figures, the Nationals already settled with two of their arbitration-eligible candidates, agreeing to one-year deals with shortstop Trea Turner and right-hander Joe Ross. Turner will get $3.725 million for the 2019 season and Ross will receive $1 million, according to the Athletic.

Turner was in his first year of being arbitration-eligible after qualifying for Super Two status by just two service days, which granted him a fourth year of arbitration eligibility. He played in all 162 games last season and was worth 4.8 Wins Above Replacement. Ross, the club’s projected fifth starter coming off Tommy John surgery, is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and made just three starts in 2018 after recovering from the procedure.

Video: WSH@COL: Turner launches a 2-run dinger to left field

Washington still has three arbitration-eligible players remaining in Anthony Rendon, Michael A. Taylor and Kyle Barraclough. That does not mean the Nationals could not agree to a deal with these players, just that news of their deals have yet to circulate as of early Friday afternoon.

Rendon, in his final year of arbitration eligibility and set to become a free agent next offseason, will present the most interesting case. Throughout the past year, the team has engaged him several times in contract extension discussions. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the team has extended an offer in the past, and at the Winter Meetings, he said Washington expected to continue to do so. Meanwhile, Rendon has stated repeatedly he would be open to signing an extension with the Nats, although that does not mean he will be willing to accept a discount.

Video: Rendon on desire to sign extension, remain with Nats

Complicating matters for now is the Nationals’ pursuit of Bryce Harper. Until Washington knows exactly what Harper’s future holds and whether the club might be signing him to a record-breaking contract, it’s difficult to see how it would finalize an extension with Rendon. But the two sides can continue to negotiate a contract of any size after Friday’s deadline before a panel of arbitrators chooses between the salary number posed by the team and the player.

Earlier in the offseason, the Nationals settled their first arbitration case when they agreed to pay left-hander Sammy Solis $850,000 for the upcoming season. Taylor, whose production took a step back in 2018, is in his second year of eligibility. And this marks Barraclough’s first year of eligibility after the Nats acquired him from the Marlins this offseason.

The Nationals typically try to settle all of their arbitration contracts and have not been to an arbitration hearing since 2015, with reliever Jerry Blevins. They ended up trading Blevins to the Mets before that season began.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.



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