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RYAN ZIMMERMAN AGREED TO A SIX-YEAR EXTENSION WITH THE NATIONALS
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:46 AM EST

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals agreed to a 6-year, $100 million extension baseball resources said.

Zimmerman also received a full no-trade clause from the Nationals. Football spreads

The average yearly cost of Zimmerman’s deal is $16.7 million, the most for any 3rd baseman after the N.Y Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million).

“It’s advantageous that it’s done,” Zimmerman related at a press conference at the club’s spring training stadium in Viera, Fla. “It’s where I want to be. It’s where I’ve often needed to be.”

Zimmerman’s actual agreement was specify to expire after the 2013 season. The extension has a 7th-year option that might keep Zimmerman in a Nationals uniform thru the 2020 season. Zimmerman, who is due to gain $26 million over the next two seasons of his present contract, could probably earn $150 million if the 2020 option is picked up, the resources said. Football lines

Zimmerman is one of 6 major leaguers signed thru at least 2019, joining Albert Pujols of the Angels, Prince Fielder of the Tigers, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, Ryan Braun of the Brewers and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers.

“I love stress. I don’t believe people get these kinds of agreements that don’t want to be in stress circumstances. Ever since I’ve been here, I have wanted to be the fellow that’s up last in the ninth inning,” Zimmerman related. “I’ve needed to be the guy that everyone looks to. I’ve needed to be the supposed leader. I relish being that bloke. I love it. I would not have it any other way.”

Zimmerman’s deal was bartered by his agent, Brodie Wagon Wagenen.

The 27-year-old needed to get a deal done or shelve the conversations so his contract position would not be a diversion to the team that has high expectation in the National League East this season.

The main sticking point in the negotiations appeared to be the slugger’s want for a no-trade clause, or at a minimum some guarantee that he wouldn’t be dealt by the sole team he is played for in the major leagues.

The Nationals needed to lock Zimmerman up so he’ll play alongside No. One draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.

“Ryan Zimmerman is an extraordinary talent and individual. He could be a role model on the field, in the clubhouse and locally. He’s been the face of the Washington Nationals since baseball was returned to Washington. We are definitely excited that Ryan may continue to help us create our team in a winning route,” Nationals owner Theodore Lerner said in a press release.

Zimmerman was the team’s 1st draft pick after the Montreal Expos moved to Washington in 2005 and quickly became the face of the organization. He has been an National League All-Star, while also capturing Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

Last season, Zimmerman was restrained by injuries to 395 at-bats. He hit .289 with 12 homers, 21 doubles and 49 RBIs.

For his profession, Zimmerman has a .288 batting average, 128 homers, 214 doubles, 498 RBIs, a .355 on-base percentage and .479 slugging percentage, and he is considered one of the best defensive 3rd basemen in the majors.


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