Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has informed the team’s front office of the exact terms he would accept for a contract extension, a source has told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The two sides have been working together to reach an agreement on a long term deal for the past several years. The Nationals have said publically that they consider Zimmerman to be the cornerstone of their young franchise, but that the two sides still needed to hash out terms of a long term deal.
Currently Zimmerman, 27, is under contract through the 2013 season and will earn an average $12.5 million annual salary. Rosenthal reports that the club may look to scrap his old deal and sign him to a brand-new six-year contract that would keep him in Washington into his early 30’s. Zimmerman hit .289/.355/.443 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI after missing a chunk of the first half of the 2011 season due to abdomen surgery. In 2009 he earned his first All-Star appearance after hitting .392/.364/.525 with 33 home runs and 106 RBI for Washington, and in 2010 he finished in the top 20 in MVP voting despite the Nationals owning the sixth worst record in baseball.