Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has told the team that he does not want to negotiate a long-term contract extension after this Friday, according to MLB.com. He reportedly does not want contract talks to interfere with the regular season.
"It's not fair for all [my teammates] to worry about [contract negotiations] every day. It's not fair for me to answer questions about it every day," Zimmerman said. "We have a good team. We need to worry about baseball. I see everyone is here already. We're ready to start working. That's what it needs to be about. ... If it gets done, great. If it doesn't, I have two years left, we'll play it out."
Zimmerman’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, was at Nationals camp today meeting with the team. It has long been discussed that Zimmerman, one of the Washington's best players, would like to sign a long-term deal with the team that would allow him to retire as a member of the Nationals. Zimmerman, 27, Hit .289/.355/.443 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in an injury shortened season last year. In 2010 he hit .307/.388/.510 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI in 142 games for the Nationals.