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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Three RHPs

The Nationals have worked out contracts with three of our arbitration eligible players. They also announced the release of Nook Logan and Mike O'Connor.

Luis Ayala had a good comeback from his elbow reconstruction surgery last season with a 3.11 ERA in 44 appearances. The 29 year old will make 1.7 million next year.

John Patterson and Ryan Wagner both missed most of the 2007 season with injuries. Patterson will make 850,000 while Wagner will make 450,000 next season.

Ayala and Patterson were important parts of the 2005 pitching team. Patterson went 9-7 with a 3.13 ERA in 31 games. Ayala went 8-7 with a 2.66 ERA in 71 innings.

Wagner was aquired late in 2006 from the Reds along with Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns. He was 3-3 for the Nats in 26 games in 06.

The Nationals now have five players -- Lopez, Colome, Cordero, Rauch and Redding -- who remain arbitration eligible.

UPDATE - Make that 4 RHPs...

The Nationals have agreed to terms with Jesus Colome. 1.25 million for next season.


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