Sep 15, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) throws in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Arbitration: Nationals and Jordan Zimmermann make 2-year deal

Jordan Zimmermann is the first player in the arbitration class of 2014 to get a multi-year deal.

Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) reports that the righty and Washington have come to terms on a two year deal worth $24 million total. This deal buys out his last two years of arbitration before free agency; Zimmermann will get $7.5 million in 2014 and $16.5 million in 2015.

Zimmermann, going into his age-27 season, had a breakout year in 2013. He finished seventh in the National League Cy Young voting with a 19-9 record and a 3.25 ERA. He had two complete game shutouts and four complete games total with an outstanding 4.03 strikeout to walk ratio.

If Zimmermann can keep that pace going into this year, the Nationals’ rotation of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, and Ryan Zimmermann (plus a fifth starter) would probably be the best in the National League, if not all of baseball.

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