Nationals, 3B Anthony Rendon reach deal, avoid arbitration

WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals agreed Friday to a $10.4 million contract for next season, avoiding arbitration.

The Nationals also reached deals with infielders Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon, and outfielder Ben Revere.

Friday is when teams and players submit salary figures for arbitration. But Washington avoided the sometimes-contentious process with all five of its players who initially filed for arbitration on Tuesday, including catcher Wilson Ramos.

Strasburg gets a raise of $3 million from 2015, when he went 11-7 with a 3.46 ERA and was limited to 23 starts because of injuries.

Revere, acquired from Toronto this month, agreed to a $6.25 million contract for 2016; he made $4.1 million last season. His new deal includes the chance to earn performance bonuses of $25,000 each for 450 and 500 plate appearances.

The player Washington sent to Toronto in the swap, reliever Drew Storen, avoided arbitration, too, agreeing to a $8,375,000, one-year contract with the Blue Jays.

Espinosa's deal is worth $2,875,000 for one year, while Rendon will make $2.8 million next season.

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