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Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still discussing contract extension

Feb 25, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Rizzo told Zuckerman that “enough progress has been made” to where there’s a belief that a deal will be finalized at some point Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

10:57 PM: Zimmerman said in an emailed statement late Saturday night that he’s “confident” about reaching an agreement with the Nationals. It’s not known whether that means the deadline has been extended.

1:16 PM: According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Ryan Zimmerman just said that negotiations with the Nationals are ongoing. His camp proposed a “creative” solution to help bridge the gap and Zimmerman expects resolution “one way or the other” by the end of today. He also indicated that a no-trade clause remains one of the sticking points.

12:05 PM: Ryan Zimmerman hoped to have a contract extension wrapped up with the Nationals before the team’s first full-squad workout at 10 a.m. this morning, but his self-imposed deadline has passed without news of a deal.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said “no,” in response to Pete Kerzel of MASNSports.com earlier this morning when asked if there was anything new to report in regards to an extension. Meanwhile, Zimmerman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he had heard no update.

Zimmerman is due to make $12 million this season and $14 million in 2013 before hitting free agency. He said yesterday that he is willing to sign a “team-friendly” deal, but reportedly wants a no-trade clause included in the contract.

Zimmerman has indicated that he would like to cut talks off today so that his situation doesn’t become a distraction, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com suggests that something could still get done in the near future, even if there’s no announcement of a deal today. As Zuckerman notes, the 27-year-old third baseman signed a five-year, $45 million extension in April of 2009 just weeks after saying he would hold off on talks until after the season.

  1. redskinsnation21 - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Finally, the first headline that doesn’t make me think it they didn’t get a deal done. This title says exactly what it is: nobody knows yet.

    • D.J. Short - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Yep, I tried to be as specific as possible for a reason.

  2. hondoheaven47 - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Why is he insisting on a no-trade clause? He should have 10-and-5 rights in 4 years. Is it very likely that the Nationals, who are just entering their first window of competitiveness, will be in a rush to dump one of their franchise cornerstones so quickly?

    • paperlions - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Well, if they don’t plan on trading him in the next 4 years….they shouldn’t mind giving him the no trade clause.

  3. buffalomafia - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    This guy isn’t worth minimum wage! He gets hurt every year!

    I know! I had to drop him every year in my fantasy baseball league!

  4. natsattack - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Uh-oh.

  5. natstowngreg - Feb 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Adam Kilgore says agreement has been reached. No details yet.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/ryan-zimmerman-nationals-agree-to-contract-extension/2012/02/24/gIQAnHgabR_blog.html?hpid=z3

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