Nationals agree to terms on 2005 contract with OF/1B Brad Wilkerson
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms on a 2005 contract with outfielder/first baseman Brad Wilkerson, thus avoiding arbitration. Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.
"We are very pleased that we were able to come to an agreement with Brad without going through the arbitration process," said Bowden. "Brad is an important part this franchise and one of the future leaders of the Washington Nationals."
Wilkerson, 27, is a .259 career hitter with 72 home runs and 208 RBI in three-plus major league seasons with the Nationals/Expos. Wilkerson batted .255 with a career-high 32 home runs and 67 RBI for Montreal in 2004 en route to becoming the first player in franchise history to hit at least 30 homers, score 100 runs and walk 100 times in a single season. He also legged out a career-high 39 doubles last year and was named Expos Player of the Year by the Montreal chapter of the BBWAA.