Ryan Zimmerman Officially Signed To Contract Extension, GM Mike Rizzo Announces

The Washington Nationals and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman agreed to a contract extension early Sunday morning. GM Mike Rizzo officially announced the deal in a Sunday afternoon press conference.

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Ryan Zimmerman's Extension Ushers In New Era Of Accountability

Ryan Zimmerman's six-year extension is a message that the Washington Nationals are ready and willing to take care of their own, but it also sends the message to the players that the door swings both ways.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Extension: Nationals Officially Announce Extension

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo announced that they have locked up third baseman Ryan Zimmerman through the 2019 campaign with a club option for 2020 Sunday afternoon.

"Ryan Zimmerman is an exceptional talent and individual," Rizzo said. "He is a role model on the field, in the clubhouse and in the community. He has been the face of the Washington Nationals since baseball was returned to Washington. We are absolutely thrilled that Ryan will continue to help us build our team in a winning direction."

The press release did not specify the amount of money that Zimmerman will receive, however it has been reported to be at $100 million.

Zimmerman, a native of Virginia Beach, VA, is a career .288 hitter with 128 HR's and 498 RBI's in 845 big league games.

We'll have much more on Spring Training here at SB Nation DC in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out SB Nation's Nationals blog, Federal Baseball, for more news and notes. And don't forget to visit Baseball Nation, the MLB hub of SB Nation for information from around the league.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Extension: Six Years, $100 Million Added To Current Deal, According To Report

It was reported earlier Sunday that the Washington Nationals and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had finally agreed on a contract extension. Now the actual details of the agreement have been released. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

The agreement contains a full no-trade clause and adds six years and $100 million to Zimmerman's current contract, which runs through 2013, plus a team option year worth $24 million. In total, counting the two years on his current deal, Zimmerman will make $126 million over the next eight years or $150 million over the next nine years.

Zimmerman, then, will play in Washington until at least 2019, and the Nationals control him through 2020, shortly after he turns 36.

I'm sure some there will be complaints from some that the Nationals spent too much money on this extension, but it certainly shows a level of commitment from the organization to the face of the franchise that has to resonate with his teammates, and down the road, potential free agents.

We'll have much more on Spring Training here at SB Nation DC in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out SB Nation's Nationals blog, Federal Baseball, for more news and notes. And don't forget to visit Baseball Nation, the MLB hub of SB Nation for information from around the league.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Extension: Nationals Third Baseman Receives Six Year Deal, According To Report

Early Sunday morning, it was reported the Washington Nationals and star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had agreed on a contract extension. Now comes word of the details on that extension. Via ESPN's Buster Olney:

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post points out Zimmerman becomes just the sixth Major League Baseball player signed through the 2019 season, joining other stalwarts such as Matt Kemp, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki and Albert Pujols. Even more importantly for Nationals fans, it shows an ability by the Washington front office to get a deal done that sets a solid foundation for an organization whose future is already bright.

We'll have much more on Spring Training here at SB Nation DC in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out SB Nation's Nationals blog, Federal Baseball, for more news and notes. And don't forget to visit Baseball Nation, the MLB hub of SB Nation for information from around the league.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Extension: Agreement Reached, According To Report

It appears the week-long, off-field saga of the Ryan Zimmerman contract extension has come to a close, as it is being reported the Nationals and their star third baseman have finally agreed on a contract extension early Sunday morning. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

There are no details yet on the length of the contract or the money involved, though it is safe to assume if the deal got done there is a no-trade clause involved, as that seemed to be the last stumbling block for the two sides over the past few days.

We'll have much more on Spring Training here at SB Nation DC in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out SB Nation's Nationals blog, Federal Baseball, for more news and notes. And don't forget to visit Baseball Nation, the MLB hub of SB Nation for information from around the league.

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Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals Hope To Complete Long-Term Deal By Sunday Morning

Hey, remember how the Nationals absolutely, positively had to get a deal done by the time the Nationals had their first team workout Saturday morning or else?

Well, guess what? It seems that particular deadline wasn't so hard-and-fast after all.

From CSN Washington's Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman:

Though the Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman had yet to officially reach agreement on a long-term contract extension late [Saturday] evening, the star third baseman and the club made "significant progress" and expressed confidence the deal would be completed by [Sunday] morning.

"We have made significant progress on an extension for Ryan that would ensure he plays for the Nationals for a long time, which has always been Ryan's goal ... While there are still important aspects to work through, we bridged multiple important gaps on many major parts of a contract. Nothing is done until it is done, but both sides are optimistic that an agreement can be reached and Ryan can focus his energies on preparing with his teammates for the season."

Sounds like the biggest sticking point of the deal, Zimmerman's apparent demand for a no-trade clause, has been worked out. (Though to whose ultimate satisfaction, we're not sure.) Nevertheless, Nationals fans can be secure in the knowledge that Zimmerman's contract status won't hang over the rest of the season the way Adam Dunn's impending free agency did in 2010.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Extension: Nationals Third Baseman Says Deal Needs To Be Done Saturday, According To Report

Ryan Zimmerman's self-imposed 10:00 AM Saturday morning deadline came and went without a contract extension, and now the Washington Nationals third baseman says the deal needs to get done today, Saturday, or there will not be a deal. Via Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider:

Though his original, self-imposed deadline to complete a deal before the first official, full-squad workout of spring training came and went this morning, Zimmerman decided to give the negotiations one last shot before halting them at the end of the day.

"Today is the day," Zimmerman said following the workout. "It's either going to get done, or it's not going to get done. Both sides are working to get over the last little couple of hurdles, I guess you could call them."

Many have speculated the main "hurdle" in the final phase of these contract extension talks is the inclusion of a no-trade clause, something Washington gave to Jayson Werth when Werth was signed to his big money deal.

We'll have much more on Spring Training here at SB Nation DC in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out SB Nation's Nationals blog, Federal Baseball, for more news and notes. And don't forget to visit Baseball Nation, the MLB hub of SB Nation for information from around the league.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Extension: Self-Imposed Deadline Passes With No Agreement Reached, According To Report

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had self-imposed 10am Saturday morning as his deadline for contract extension talks with the ball club, and according to a report, that deadline came and went without an extension being signed. Via Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington:

The first full-squad workout of Nationals camp has begun without a contract extension in place for Ryan Zimmerman, despite the star third baseman's self-imposed deadline to work out a deal before he took the field.

Though the two sides have been close for some time, they've not yet crossed a few remaining hurdles necessary to finalize a contract that would keep Zimmerman in a Nationals uniform for perhaps the rest of his career. He does remain signed for the next two seasons.

There were rumblings on Friday that an extension was very nearly done, but talk of a no-trade clause was holding up the official signing of the agreement. Zimmerman and the Nationals have done this dance before, just three years ago, so even though an arbitrary deadline has come and gone it in no way means a contract extension won't be signed at some point either in Spring Training or during the season.

We'll have much more on Spring Training here at SB Nation DC in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out SB Nation's Nationals blog, Federal Baseball, for more news and notes. And don't forget to visit Baseball Nation, the MLB hub of SB Nation for information from around the league.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Negotiations: Nationals Close To Deal With Star 3B, According To Report

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Washington Nationals are closing in on an agreement with star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on a contract extension. Zimmerman's contract does not expire until the end of the 2013 season, but he will reportedly test the free agency waters if he enters the 2013 season without a new contract. Negotiations have been ongoing for over a month, and Zimmerman does not want to continue negotiations into spring training, which officially begins Saturday.

However, Rosenthal mentioned that the deal is not done yet and that there are potential "deal-breakers". He elaborated on that and the proposed contract length in another tweet.

Zimmerman deal with #Nationals would be for at least six years, sources say. Potential deal-breakers unclear, but described as "real." #MLB
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Zimmerman's current contract pays him a total of $45 million over five years, and it makes him one of the best paid players on the team. His numbers took a slight dip last season, but he was extremely productive in his 2009 and 2010 seasons, and will command a large contract in free agency if he pulls himself back up to that level and decides to test the waters in 2013.

(Update: One of the remaining hang-ups is reportedly the no-trade language in the contract.)

For more, visit our Nationals Spring Training 2012 StoryStream and visit Federal Baseball.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Negotiations: Nationals' Star Wants Resolution Before Spring Training

The Washington Nationals and star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman continue to work towards a new contract that will keep Zimmerman in D.C. for several years, but with no agreement in place, Zimmerman is looking for an immediate resolution. The Nationals' star said Wednesday that he does not want negotiations to stretch past Saturday, which is the first day of the 2012 Spring Training schedule.

Via Bill Ladson of MLB.com:

Zimmerman's current deal does not expire until 2013, but there is some urgency to get a new contract done because he has said he will test free agency if he does not get a new deal prior to the 2013 season. His agent was present in Viera on Wednesday, but he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that this visit was merely standard operating procedure.

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Ryan Zimmerman Contract Negotiations Ongoing, Nationals 'Within Reach' Of Deal, According To Report

The Washington Nationals appear to be close to a new deal with top slugger Ryan Zimmerman, at least according to the latest dispatch from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reports that Zimmerman has informed the Nationals of his desired terms and a new deal is "within reach."

Zimmerman has informed the team of the exact terms he would accept long-term, according to one major-league source

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Contract negotiations are fluid, but two other sources suggest that an agreement between Zimmerman and the Nationals is within reach.

It does not appear that Zimmerman's extension talks will have an effect on the Nationals' ongoing pursuit of free agent Prince Fielder. Rosenthal notes that Zimmerman has said in the past that he doesn't want his new deal to take away from the team's ability to upgrade the team.

Zimmerman's contract is up in 2013. The Nationals will have to decide whether to tack on several additional years or begin the new contract in 2012, giving Zimmerman a new salary for that year.

For more on Zimmerman and the Nationals, visit Federal Baseball.

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Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals Talking Extension, According To Report

As the Washington Nationals continue to add talent to their roster and sign players like Gio Gonzalez to big money deals, they also seem to be taking care of their own. Star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals have begun talking about a new contract extension, according to William Ladson of MLB.com

Zimmerman has one of the top three contracts with the Nationals right now, currently on a five-year. $45 million deal. With the Nationals rumored to be the front runners for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder, signing Gonzalez, and now talking extension with Zimmerman they are clearly not shy about putting money back into the team.

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