MLB: Washington Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann agree on deal
LOS ANGELES, January 18, 2014 — Jordan Zimmermann and the Washington Nationals agreed to a two-year deal, which buys out the remaining two years of arbitration for Zimmermann.
The deal, which is worth a total of $24 million, will pay Zimmermann $7.5 million in 2014 and $16.5 million in 2015. Last season, Zimmermann collected $5.35 million while throwing 213.1 innings over 32 starts with a 1.088 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, an ERA+ of 116, and a 19-9 record for the Nationals.
Jordan Zimmermann, 27, broke into the majors in 2009. His rookie campaign was cut short halfway through the year with an elbow injury, which required Tommy John surgery. Zimmermann missed most of 2010 rehabbing his elbow.
He may not be a household name like Stephen Strasburg, but since 2011, Zimmermann has been the best pitcher in D.C.
Over the last three seasons, Jordan Zimmermann has made 90 starts while posting a 1.133 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, an ERA+ of 124, and an 11.3 WAR.
He can become a free agent after the 2015 season when he is 29 and can realistically demand a contract similar in length and dollars to that of the contract signed recently by Clayton Kershaw with the Dodgers.
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