If there was ever a time to get Jordan Zimmermann at a discount, this is it. By most skill metrics, he was the same pitcher last year who delivered high-end numbers for Fantasy owners the previous three years, but because his ERA rose by a full run, he became a thorn in his owners' side. Most likely, it was the jump in home run rate that doomed him, and that's generally not regarded as a luck-dependent stat, but he wasn't any more of a fly-ball pitcher than usual. A return to his 2012-2013 form would be even more likely if he wasn't making the move to the AL, having signed with the Tigers this offseason, but at the very least, he shouldn't slide any more. Even with less than a strikeout per inning, he's worth targeting as a top-30 starting pitcher.
Zimmermann has agreed to terms on a deal with the Tigers that's expected to net him around $110 million over five years, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports. Zimmermann's deal is just pending a physical, and there's nothing to suggest he could fail it. Assuming all goes off without a hitch, he'll join Justin Verlander atop the Tigers rotation heading into 2016, though it's always possible the Tigers aren't done. Zimmermann had his worst campaign in the last five seasons in 2015, with his ERA topping 3.50 for the first time since 2010 when he broke into the league. The 29-year-old's fastball velocity also dropped over half a mile per hour, which could partially have contributed to his decline. If he can make adjustments to account for it, there's no reason to believe he can't have another effective season for his new team in 2016.
Zimmermann has declined the qualifying offer extended to him by the Nationals, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports. Zimmermann had a bit of a down season in 2015, with his ERA rising a full run to 3.66 from his 2014 campaign of 2.66. His strikeout rate also saw a dip, which could be a result of his average fastball velocity dropping over half a mile per hour. The 29-year-old will still likely have plenty of interested parties on the open market, but probably won't command as much as if he hit free agency a year earlier.
Zimmermann was given a qualifying offer by the Nationals on Friday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. Zimmermann took a bit of a step back in 2015 after four consecutive seasons of a 3.25 ERA or lower, but he still had a strong campaign en route to a 3.66 ERA and 7.3 K/9. It comes as little surprise that the Nationals tended a qualifying offer, but Zimmermann will almost definitely decline it to test the free agent market, where he figures to be one of the more coveted pitchers.
Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann went six innings in a loss to the Braves on Wednesday, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out one batter. Wednesday's outing provided a rather forgettable end to Zimmermann's 2015 season. He pitched to contact and kept the ball on the ground, something he didn't do his last time out when he allowed three homers. The offense did him no favors, managing six hits against Williams Perez and the Braves' bullpen. While this season was a step back for Zimmermann after his brilliant 2014, he's still going to be a hot commodity on the open market this winter.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann was battered for six runs on six hits, walking two and striking out six while lasting just five innings in an 8-2 loss to the Phillies on Friday night. For Zimmermann (13-9, 3.68 ERA) the same spectres that have haunted him much of the year were again a factor in the poor outing as he allowed three more long balls. He has now allowed 23 home runs in 195 2/3 innings (he allowed just 13 all of last year) as he struggles with his command and leaves too many pitches out over the plate. Many expected Zimmermann to take a step forward this season, and at times he has displayed excellent stuff, but he hasn't consistently performed up to expectations.