Right-hander signs one-year deal

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Tony Armas Jr. and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $2.26 million, one-year contract Sunday,
avoiding arbitration.

Armas is 32-41 with a 4.21 ERA in 102 starts spanning six
seasons with Montreal, including 2-4 with a 4.88 ERA in 16 starts
last year. His 2003 season ended in May with surgery on his
pitching shoulder, which delayed his 2004 debut until June 1.

Armas, who made $2.1 million last year, and Nationals
right-hander Tomo Ohka filed for arbitration Friday. Unless they
reach a deal first, Ohka and the Nationals will exchange figures