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Former Rebel pitcher comes to terms with Washington Nationals near deadline

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UNLV baseball pitcher Erick Fedde throws in the bullpen during a media availability day Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014.

It went down to the wire but former UNLV pitcher Erick Fedde is officially a member of the Washington Nationals after agreeing to a deal just hours before today’s signing deadline.

“We’re excited to have an upside arm such as Fedde in the family,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to seeing him and getting him down to Florida and beginning his rehab process and taking him through our philosophy.”

The deal is worth approximately $2.5 million, according to the Washington Post. Fedde, who had a 1.76 ERA last season for the Rebels, went right up to the deadline because he was seeking bonus compensation comparable to a top-10 pick.

Fedde was considered a top-10 prospect before he went down with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery near the end of UNLV’s season. The Nationals drafted the junior at No. 18, which in the MLB Draft’s slot-value system would come with a deal worth approximately $2.1 million. Fedde was seeking $3 million and the two sides were able to meet in the middle in time for Fedde to join former Las Vegas High teammate Bryce Harper in the Nationals organization.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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