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 WASHINGTON (AP) -Right-handers John Patterson, Luis Ayala and Ryan Wagner avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to 2008 contracts with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
The team also announced it did not plan to offer deals to center fielder Nook Logan or left-hander Mike O'Connor by Wednesday's midnight deadline for unsigned players on the 40-man roster.
Patterson will make $850,000, Ayala got a $1.7 million contract and Wagner's deal is worth $450,000, and he can earn $25,000 bonuses if he reaches 40 and 50 games.
Patterson, who was awarded $850,000 after losing in arbitration before the season, was Washington's opening-day starter in 2007. But he went 1-5 with a 7.47 ERA in only seven appearances before heading to the disabled list in May. He had surgery on a nerve in his pitching arm in September.
Wagner's 2007 season also was stopped short because of an injury. He was 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 14 relief appearances, then had surgery on his throwing shoulder in June.
Ayala returned from surgery that kept him sidelined for all of 2006 and went 2-2 with one save and a 3.19 ERA in 44 games, all in relief.
Logan hit .265 with no homers, 21 RBIs and 23 steals in 325 at-bats this season. He was the opening-day center fielder - but was injured in Game 1. He became expendable when the Nationals traded for outfielders Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes in recent weeks.
O'Connor had left elbow surgery in November 2006 and didn't pitch for Washington last season.
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