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Poll: Will the Nationals exercise Ryan Zimmerman’s 2020 option?

Exercising the option would pay the veteran first baseman $18 million

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Just over two months remain until the offseason. While by no means should we skip over what will likely be a busy couple of months, it is still worth looking at some of the biggest contract decisions that could go down over the winter.

The Washington Nationals have the opportunity to exercise their team option on slugger Ryan Zimmerman’s contract at the conclusion of this season. Looking beyond this year, Zimmerman can only be under contract for one more year if the team decides to keep him. He’s due to make $18 million in 2020 if the team exercises his option, which can be bought out instead at $2 million.

Zimmerman, a CAA Sports client previously represented by now-Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, is a former first round pick who has slashed .246./311/.390 with 15 runs knocked in on 28 hits, including eight doubles and doubles homers. He has recorded 12 walks and 27 strikeouts. In case you couldn’t tell from his stat line, Zimmerman has only played in 33 games. Zimmerman landed on the 10-day injured list in April with plantar fasciitis but was out until June 28. He returned for nearly a month before landing on the IL again with the same plantar fasciitis in right foot. He’s currently on a rehab assignment and should make his way back to the major league lineup soon.

The Nationals need to decide: is it worth $18 million to keep Zimmerman for one more year, or $2 million to let him walk?

My guess is that they will exercise his option, but there’s no guarantee there. A lot rides on how Zimmerman plays when he returns from his injury. Zimmerman is aging, which makes it tough to judge his skill level going forward, but I still think it is better to use his 2018 performance rather than this season’s shortened display when deciding whether or not to keep Zimmerman. But we want to hear your thoughts, too! Vote in this poll what you think will happen, and justify your pick in the comments.

Poll

Will the Nationals exercise Ryan Zimmerman’s 2020 option?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Yes, they will exercise his option
    (16 votes)
  • 77%
    No, they will decline and buy out his option
    (54 votes)
70 votes total Vote Now