The Washington Nationals and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman have agreed to a six-year, $100 million extension with a full no-trade clause and a club option for $24 million, the club announced this afternoon.
If the option is picked up, Zimmerman will earn $150 million over the next nine-years. Remember, he was under contract through 2013 already. Regardless, it's the second largest contract a third baseman has earned in the history of baseball. While this deal isn't exactly team-friendly like Evan Longoria's down in Tampa, the Nationals should get more than fair value if Zimmerman stays healthy.
The two sides had been using the past couple of days to work on a long-term, team-friendly deal that was just about done last night. Both parties believed a deal would be done today, and they were true to their word. Zimmerman wasn't signing a long-term, team-friendly deal unless he knew for a fact he'd be with Washington for each year.
- Twitter / @AdamKilgoreWP: The Nats and Ryan Zimmerman have agreed to a contract extension, source says. A press conference expected to come after today's workout.
- Twitter / @Buster_ESPN: The new deal for Ryan Zimmerman is for six years, with a club option on a seventh year.
- Twitter / @JimBowdenESPNxm: Ryan Zimmerman has agreed to terms with Nationals on 6 year extension for $100 million with complete No Trade Clause.