The Washington Nationals and pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Tom Gorzelanny agreed to terms on one-year contracts, the team announced Tuesday morning, although it did not disclose the financial specifics of the deals. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com helps fill in those blanks, reporting Zimmermann's contract will pay him $2.3 million for the 2012 season, while Gorzelanny will earn $2.7 million. By signing the pitchers to these contracts, the Nationals avoided going to salary arbitration with them.
Zimmermann, 25, went 8-11 in 26 starts for the Nationals in 2011, his third season at the major-league level. He posted a 3.18 earned run average, tops among Washington's starters.
Gorzelanny, 28, made 30 appearances for the Nationals in 2011, including 15 starts. He posted a 4-6 record and a 4.03 ERA, but was 2-6 with a 4.46 ERA as a starter. The Nationals acquired him from the Chicago Cubs for minor-leaguers Michael Burgess, Graham Hicks, and A.J. Morris in Jan. 2011.
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