By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to SportsNet, the Washington Nationals have declined to pick up the option for Ryan Zimmerman for the 2020 season. He was slated to make $18 million for the 2020 season.
However, as of this moment, he is not expected to make that kind of money. Zimmerman will now become a free agent.
Zimmerman is the lone remaining player from the 2005 inaugural roster from the Nationals first season in Washington, D.c. From 1969 through 2004, the franchise was called the Montreal Expos in Montreal, Canada.
Zimmerman was the fourth overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. Just days ago, he was a member of the first Championship team in Nationals history.
He will now have two days to talk to teams before the start of free agency on Nov. 4. He can either accept a lower price tag to remain with the Nationals, or accept another opportunity and relocate his family from a new team.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Nationals are also expected to decline the option on catcher Yan Gomes. Washington is expected to pick up their option on pitcher Sean Doolittle.
By declining the options on Zimmerman and Gomes, according to Spotrac, the team clears $27 million. This gives the team more money in their pursuit to re-sign Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg, who could receive more than $30 million per season.
The 35-year-old Washington, North Carolina native only appeared in 52 games this season due to injuries. He had a .257 batting average with just six home runs and 27 RBIs on 44 hits in 171 games.
He also had nine doubles and 20 runs. He struck out 39 times and walked 17.
Zimmerman did play in all four series for the Nationals during the playoffs, including the World Series. He appeared in seven games during the Houston Astros series for the World Series championship.
He had a .208 batting average with one home run and two RBIs in 24 at-bats. He also had five hits and had two runs.
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