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Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann avoid arbitration

Feb 15, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Bill Ladson of reports that Zimmermann will get $5.35 million.

5:50 PM: Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal.

Zimmermann requested $5.8 million in his second season of arbitration eligibility and the Nationals countered at $4.6 million after he threw 196 innings with a 2.94 ERA at age 26.

Zimmermann bounced back from Tommy John elbow surgery remarkably well to establish himself as one of the best young starters in baseball and as a “Super Two” player the Nationals still control him via arbitration for 2014 and 2015.

His hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, so the two sides cut it pretty close.


  1. dcfan4life - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    He was our best pitcher the first half of last season, and that alone is saying something. I still dont know how he didnt get a single Cy Young vote. No he shouldnt of won or been contending to win, but not a single vote, after that season, is ridiculous.

  2. jyoung1891 - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Gio was going to get most to all of the DC votes. And of course Zimmermann has always been less publicized than Strasburg.

    But $5 million is a nice way to show him some love. It would work for me.

  3. riverace19 - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    If he lowers his walk rate he will by a Cy candidate

    • riverace19 - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:10 AM

      Scratch that.. must have been confusing his with someone else because his walk rate was 1.98/9 last year… only holes in his stats are a pretty high strand rate and a lower HR/FB rate… even though he didn’t have a good August 2012 he should be more consistent throughout this year

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