The Washington Nationals had three arbitration-eligible players this winter — Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and Michael A. Taylor — a smaller class than they've had in recent years, but a noteworthy one. Rendon compiled an MVP-caliber season last year. Taylor was a Gold Glove finalist. Roark, who experienced some regression, is nevertheless a key part of an aging rotation. Roark settled at $6.475 million early in the day Friday, according to people familiar with the situation who confirmed a report by USA Today. Taylor settled at $2.525 million, according to a person familiar with his situation. But word of a Rendon deal did not come, and a person familiar with the situation confirmed that the Nationals did not come to terms with their MVP-caliber third baseman before the deadline. That does not mean they will not reach an agreement before a hearing. Often, the Nationals settle with their players before that deadline, choosing to find middle ground outside of league-sanctioned arbitration hearings that can often produce ill-will. If the team and the player do not settle by that deadline, they may still negotiate until a hearing, though some teams — referred to as "file-and-trial" clubs — set that filing deadline as a drop-dead moment. The Nationals have not held to that rule without exception, but do tend to go to hearings if they have not settled by the deadline. Hearings usually take place in February, and given that the team argues a player's value down, those hearings can often foster awkwardness.