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MLB Free Agency 2012: Tyler Clippard Avoids Arbitration, Signs One-Year Deal With Nationals

Add one more to the list of Washington Nationals players who will be operating on a one-year contract next year. The Nationals already announced the signings of Jordan Zimmermann and Tom Gorzelanny to one-year deals to avoid arbitration. Now, they have done the same with reliever Tyler Clippard, who reached the All-Star Game last year, the team announced.

It remains unclear how much Clippard will make under his one-year deal. The Nationals could have signed him to a long-term contract, but elected to simply have him take a one-year deal.

Clippard had his finest year last year, posting a 1.83 ERA in 72 appearances as the team's set-up man. He was used to hold so many leads and almost always managed to get the job done. However, he is a reliever, and relievers are prone to wild swings in performance.

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