7:08pm: The Washington Post’s Chico Harlan gathered a quote from Olsen just moments after he OK’d the deal:
"Well obviously I was happy. I think where we settled at was a very fair number in terms of if you look at where everybody else sort of slotted in. I’ve never been through the arbitration process before, so it came down to two days before we were gonna go to trial. I don’t think a whole lot of people ever do want to go to the hearing, especially player-wise, because the team wins 60-percent of the time."
5:44pm: According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Nationals have agreed to terms with left-hander Scott Olsen on a one-year, $2.8MM contract.
Olsen, acquired from the Marlins back in November, requested $3.5MM when arbitration figures were due. The Nats countered with a $2.5MM bid. Olsen, 25, went 8-11 with a 4.20 ERA last season and was one of just 18 National League pitchers to eclipse the 200-inning plateau.
The Nationals still have hearings pending with Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Willingham.