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Nats, Zimmerman agree to deal, avoid arbitration

Updated: February 20, 2009, 12:21 PM ET
Associated Press

VIERA, Fla. -- Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $3,325,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Zimmerman was the last player in the major leagues scheduled for an arbitration hearing. His was to take place Friday in Phoenix, which is why he missed Washington's first full-squad workout of spring training Thursday.

He was the last Nationals player without a contract in place for the coming season.

"He's the face of this franchise, so it's ...

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