WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have agreed in principle to a $1.3 million, one-year contract, according to multiple reports.
The 31-year-old Hellickson could earn up to $4 million more in performance bonuses, based on the number of games he starts.
He was 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 19 starts for Washington last season.
The Nationals are Hellickson's fifth club in a big league career that began in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Rays.
He is 74-72 with a 4.07 ERA in the majors.
The agreement with Hellickson comes one week before the Nationals' pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training in Florida.