Zimmermann left the Nats following the 2015 season when he signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Zimmermann went 70-50 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 7.4 K/9 in 178 career starts in D.C. However, the right-hander has been unable to find that top-level rotation arm form since going to the Tigers.
Zimmermann, 31, is coming off the worst season of his career, where he went 8-13 with a 6.08 ERA in 28 starts, along with a 1.55 WHIP and 5.8 K/9. In his two seasons in Detroit, he has combined for a 17-20 record with a 5.60 ERA in 48 appearances (47 starts).
The trade possibility comes at a time where the Tigers are looking to shed some payroll as they head into this offseason. Due to his struggles, Detroit would surely have to eat a significant portion of his contract, where he is owed $74 million over the next three seasons. Still, Detroit would love to part ways with a starter who has failed to find himself since signing a large contract with the club.