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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Nationals settle contract statuses for 'zero-to-three' players

By Adam Kilgore

Every spring about this time, teams must sign the "zero-to-three" players on their 40-man roster, the players who have less than three years of major league experience and, therefore, make between $400,000 and $500,000 and are not eligible for salary arbitration. Teams either negotiate a salary in that range, or they can't come to terms and assign them a salary. It's mostly a formality.

This year, the Nationals agreed to terms for 2011 contracts with 18 of their 20 zero-to-three players, needing to renew only the contracts of reliever Tyler Clippard and right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann. The different designation in no way affects the players' service time.

The list of players the Nationals agreed to terms with:

Ross Detwiler
Atahualpa Severino
Collin Balester
Brian Broderick
Adam Carr
Cole Kimball
Garrett Mock
Elvin Ramirez
Henry Rodriguez
Craig Stammen
Drew Storen
Wilson Ramos
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa
Chris Marrero
Roger Bernadina
Corey Brown
Nyjer Morgan

By Adam Kilgore  | March 2, 2011; 11:52 AM ET
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Nyjer Morgan only makes $400-$500K? I'm confused by that whole thing. The list includes all people with less than 3 years experience who make essentially the MLB minimum? That's a lot longer list than I'd have thought. Some other standout surprises (to me), but in particular Detweiler? Your 2007 #Pick got a MLB minimum salary deal? Can anyone help me understand this?

Posted by: DCSec112 | March 2, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I second the above question. Those on the 40 man with 0-3 years Major League experience are paid between $400 and $500K?

Posted by: minorleaguefan | March 2, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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