Nationals agree to terms on 2005 contract with right-handed pitcher Tony Armas Jr.
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms on a 2005 contract worth $2.26 million with right-handed pitcher Tony Armas Jr., thus avoiding arbitration. Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement from the club's Spring Training complex in Viera, Fla.
Armas is 32-41 with a 4.21 ERA in 102 big league starts spanning six seasons with Montreal. Armas went 2-4 with a 4.88 ERA in just 16 starts last season, as he was coming off May 23, 2003 season-ending right shoulder surgery and did not make his 2004 debut until June 1. Montreal went 8-8 in Armas' 16 starting assignments. He is the son of Tony Armas Sr., who led baseball in both home runs and RBIs in 1984.
By agreeing to terms with Armas Jr., the lone arbitration-eligible National to remain unsigned is right-handed pitcher Tomo Ohka.