Jerry Blevins and the Nationals went through with an arbitration hearing over $200,000

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Left-hander Jerry Blevins will earn $2.4 million this season after defeating the Nationals in an arbitration hearing.

Washington’s counter offer was $2.2 million, so it’s strange that the two sides couldn’t come to a compromise over a gap of just $200,000 and avoid going through with a hearing.

Acquired from the A’s last offseason, Blevins posted an ugly-looking 4.87 ERA in 64 appearances for the Nationals but also had 66 strikeouts in 57 innings and held left-handers to a .160 batting average.