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Nationals, Ian Desmond avoid arbitration with two-year deal

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 19: Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals hits a grand slam home run in the eleventh inning to win the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 6-2 in the eleventh inning. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

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Shortly after signing Jordan Zimmermann to a two-year contract the Nationals have done the same with shortstop Ian Desmond, avoiding arbitration.

Mark Zuckerman of reports that Desmond will get $17.5 million for his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility, and can then become a free agent following the 2015 season.

Desmond has established himself as one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball, posting back-to-back 20/20 seasons while hitting a combined .286 with an .812 OPS in 288 games over the past two years.

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