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Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman are “close to a resolution” on contract extension

Feb 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Apparently general manager Mike Rizzo wasn’t kidding about “working extremely hard” on an extension with Zimmerman, because Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides are “close to a resolution.”

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Ryan Zimmerman has said that he won’t negotiate a long-term contract extension once spring training is over, so the Nationals are making a strong push to get something done before then.

General manager Mike Rizzo told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that “we’re working extremely hard at it, and both teams want something and are working at it.”

Rizzo added that he’s “hopeful” about an agreement being reached, although with Zimmerman under team control for 2012 and 2013 at a total cost of $27 million the Opening Day deadline doesn’t carry quite as much weight as it would if he were 162 games away from free agency.

If they can’t reach a deal now the Nationals can always give it another try next winter, although if Zimmerman stays healthy and has a big season the leverage and price tags might be very different.

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Why work hard on a contract when this guy gets hurt every year?

    • kelsocarpenter - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Okay Mr. Generalizer with limited knowledge. Ryan Zimmerman has averaged 138 games/season over his 6 year career. Troy Tulowitski, who received a 7 year, $134 million extension, averaged 134.

  2. mdpickles - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    “Hey Ryan, we would like to offer you 18 million per year, but we lost ticket revenue by excluding ticket sales to Phillies fans, so 15 million per is our offer.”

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      Oh, I don’t think they’d be that forward.

  3. tcostant - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Smoke screen – post article in Washington Post by Tom Boswell; Lerners don’t want to pay up…

    • natstowngreg - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/nationals-spring-training-time-to-deal-with-ryan-zimmerman/2012/02/22/gIQA521CUR_story.html

      Occasionally, Boswell actually makes good points. Though he will change his tune in a week or two.

      With the Lerners, there’s always a concern that they won’t pay for talent — despite the Werth deal and the big signing bonuses for draft picks. All of the reporting points to Zimmerman’s desire to stay. It’s Mike Rizzo’s job to make the Lerners understand that keeping Ryan is a good thing.

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