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:
Some of you have asked; here's the answer: Zimmerman's 6-year deal, plus option, is on top of current contract. Team controls through 2020.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 26, 2012
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.
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