Blog Entry

Nats, Zimmerman divided on no-trade clause

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:14 pm
Ryan Zimmerman

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ryan Zimmerman would like to have his contract settled by Saturday morning, giving the Nationals a deadline, he told reporters, including insider Jon Heyman.

The last stick point is a no-trade clause -- something the Nationals gave Jayson Werth and it's believed they offered to free-agents Mark Buehrle and Prince Fielder this offseason.

Zimmerman, 27, will make $12 million this season and $14 million in 2013. According to Heyman, the money involved in the extension isn't the issue. If the sides can agree to a deal, it's expected to be for about $18 million per season, according to Heyman.

That, to the Zimmerman camp, is seen as a team-friendly deal, which is why he'd want the no-trade clause. If Zimmerman, a Virginia native, is taking less money to stay with the Nationals, he wants to be assured he will be able to stay with the Nationals.

"The important part of me signing this deal is to be here, not to sign a deal that's team-friendly to have it with another team," Zimmerman said (via the Washington Post). "That's the whole point of doing it. … I wouldn't sign a deal like this for the Red Sox or the Yankees or the Dodogers or any other team."

Zimmerman has said he set the deadline so that it doesn't become a distraction as the team prepares for the season. Because Zimmerman is signed through the 2013 season, he said it's not crucial that he gets an extension now.

"If it happens, I'm thrilled," Zimmerman said (via the Washington Post). "If not, I've got two years left here still. I'm excited for this year. We've got a great team. We've got a chance to do something special, something we've not done with this organization. I think all of us are kind of ready to get to work and get going.

"It's not like this is the last year. It's not make-or-break. Getting this done would obviously make them not have to worry about it this year or next year or next offseason."

Any no-trade clause would need to be only for the first three seasons. By the third season, he would gain no-trade rights by being a 10-year veteran with five years with his current team.

If the Nationals don't sign Zimmerman and allow him to leave after the 2013 season, that could be just the time needed for 2011 first-round Anthony Rendon to be ready to take over at third base. If Zimmerman does stay, he could move to first base at some point to make room for Rendon. Of course, there's also no guarantee Rendon pans out, either.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.


Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:25 pm

Nats, Zimmerman divided on no-trade clause

let's see....since ryan became a regular on the nats in 2006, he's played  3 full seasons (at least 157 games or more). that means

in six seasons, he's missed a bunch of time in 50% of his team's games. how does that figure in to his salary? it doesn't, apparently.

he is a good bat WHEN HE'S IN THE LINEUP.  is he really worth the money?  think twice mr. rizzo. i realize third basemen who can

 slug like ryan aren't in abundance, but you won't score many runs when he's not in the lineup....and that's not sabermetrics talk.


Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:37 pm

Nats, Zimmerman divided on no-trade clause

It's a good thing that both sides are trying to negotiate a contract extension now.  If both sides are happy with each other they should make a long term commitment.  A no-trade clause is not just about a player having the peace of mind that he will not be moving soon.  It's about leverage.  Eventually the player can waive that no-trade in exchange for BIGGER BUCKS or another contract extension.  Honestly, players should not be worried about getting traded or not.  They get paid good money to play baseball.  It shouldn't matter where they do it.

The union and agents are more concerned with no-trade clauses and "good contracts" for players.  I'm sure most players are grateful for the incredible salaries they receive for playing the game.  Sometimes contracts are about respect and commitment.  Players feel that the team is committed to them and respect them for their work and abilities when they are paid well.  This also relates to the team's commitment to the player compared to other players in the league and on the team.

The Nationals love Zimmerman, that's why they are trying to negotiate a long-term extension.  I say don't worry about the no-trade clause so much.  Don't give the team a reason to want to trade you.  And don't worry about the team falling out of contention & using you as trade bait.  That's just part of the business (management).

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or