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Details of Ryan Zimmerman’s extension with the Nationals

Feb 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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There have been some conflicting reports about the details of Ryan Zimmerman‘s contract extension with the Nationals, but Mark Zuckerman of has the year-by-year breakdown of the deal:

2012: $12 million
2013: $14 million
2014: $14 million
2015: $14 million
2016: $14 million
2017: $14 million
2018: $14 million
2019: $18 million
2020: $18 million or $2 million buyout

Zimmerman was already under contract for $12 million this season and $14 million in 2013, so he’ll make at least $116 million for the next eight seasons and as much as $132 million over nine seasons if the Nationals decide to pay him $18 million as a 35-year-old in 2020.

And the deal also includes a five-year, $10 million “personal services” contract that kicks in whenever Zimmerman retires, so that bumps his guaranteed money to at least $126 million and as much as $142 million.

Lastly, because the no-trade clause in the contract doesn’t begin until 2014 there’s a built-in bonus of $8 million if he’s traded before then. So technically he could earn up to $150 million, but he’s obviously not going to be traded within the next 24 months.

Add it all up and the actual extension is $90 million for six years, plus the $26 million for two years Zimmerman still had left on his original deal and the $10 million “personal services” agreement.

  1. jwbiii - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Does anyone know how these “personal services” contracts work? It says that it is “personal,” but is the team responsible? Roger Clemens had a personal services contract with the Astros. Did this stay with Drayton McLane? Is Clemens playing golf with McLane’s friends and clients or rubbing Cramer Atomic Balm on McLane’s privates before business meetings (something Rog liked before he pitched) or something? Did it transfer to Jim Crane?

    The reason I ask is because Ted Lerner is 86. The life expectancy for an 86 year old is less than the length of Zimmerman’s contract. Can Lerner bequeath Zimmerman’s personal services to an heir?

  2. Ben - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    This contract is just so reasonable. I dunno what to say. How are we supposed to keep ourselves entertained down here in the comments section with contracts like this?

  3. lyon810 - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    It’s nice to see a good guy like Zimms get paid but also realize he doesn’t need to break the bank. Regret not having seen him play for Nos Amours

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