Worth noting

• Clippard is happy that he and the Nationals did not have to attend an arbitration hearing this month, as he signed a one-year, $5.875 million contract earlier this week.

"I'm happy, man. I was glad that it got done. The process, it drug out. It was stressing me out," Clippard said. "I didn't even think I could stress out over stuff, and I was stressing out over it. I'm glad I got it resolved. Both sides, I think, are happy with that. And now we can focus on playing the game. That's all I care about."

• The Nats have agreed to terms with right-hander Josh Roenicke -- who also happens to be Ian Desmond's brother-in-law -- on a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Roenicke, 32, spent time with the Twins last season, recording a 4.35 ERA in 63 games. He has been in the big leagues since 2008 and has also played with the Reds, Blue Jays and Rockies.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.