Nationals re-sign Zimmerman for $2 million in 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Nationals have re-signed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on Friday night. It is a one-year deal.

According to Barry Svriuga, this deal is worth $2 million. However, with incentives, he could reach a total of $5 million for the 2020 season.

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the second inning of Game One of the 2019 World Series
Ryan Zimmerman runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the second inning of Game One of the 2019 World Series (Getty Images)

Once he passes a physical, the deal will be official with the team in the next several days.

This is a major blow for Zimmerman. In fact, as it stands at the time of this post, he lost $16 million by going into the free agent market.

On November 2nd, 2019, the Nationals declined his $18 million option for the 2020 season. The Nationals were forced to decline his option to create money in an attempt to re-sign then-free-agents Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon.

Strasburg did re-sign with the Nationals. At one point in the off-season, he signed the richest deal for a pitcher in MLB history with his seven-year, $245 million deal. His deal was ultimately beat by Gerrit Cole, who signed a massive deal with the New York Yankees, when he signed a nine-year, $324 million.

Since the team re-signed Strasburg, it eliminated them from signing Rendon. He then signed with the Los Angeles Angels, who signed him to a seven-year, $245 million deal.

The 35-year-old Zimmerman is the only person, who has been with the Nationals since the 2005 season This was their inaugural season after moving from the Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where the team was known as the Montreal Expos.

He was the fourth overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. Zimmerman played 20 games during the 2005 season as a 20-year-old.

In the 15 years, he has played for the franchise. He also got to celebrate the first Championship in franchise history, as the Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series.

In his career, he had a .279 batting average with 270 home runs and 1,015 RBIs in 1,689 games. He also has 401 doubles and 22 triples on 1,784 hits, while scoring 936 runs, on 6,399 at-bats.

During the 2019 season, he had a .257 batting average with six home runs and 27 RBIs in 52 games. He also had nine triples on 44 hits, while scoring 20 runs, in 171 at-bats.

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