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.