In the past few days, there have been rumors that Washington Nationals co-ace Jordan Zimmermann has been in talks to remain in our nation’s capital for the long haul by signing a contract extension, but according to Zimmermann himself – that’s not the case.
Zimmermann told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that there’s nothing going on, as far as he knows.
I asked Jordan Zimmermann about contract extension rumors. “As far as I know, there’s nothing going on,” he said.
Zimmermann did say that there were talks between the Nationals and his agent during Spring Training, but that the talks weren’t “very in-depth” and they didn’t go very far. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo however has said that an extension for Zimmermann (along with infielder Ian Desmond) are very much on the table during an interview last week.
The second round pick in 2007 currently holds an impressive 1.59 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 34/9 K/BB ratio in 51 innings this season and will be arbitration-eligible in 2014 and 2015.
The Nationals would probably prefer to buy out any remaining years of arbitration eligibility for Zimmermann along with tacking on an additional year or two (say like the San Francisco Giants did with Tim Lincecum), but, there doesn’t appear to be much of a rush from either side at the current moment.