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Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:01 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 3:08 pm

The immediate reaction to Ryan Zimmerman's $100 million, six-year extension with the Nationals was this:
Where's the hometown discount?

Zimmerman's total contract, which now runs through 2019, guarantees him $126 million, including the two years he already had on his deal. Forget that $126 million has been an unlucky number in baseball contracts (see Vernon Wells, Barry Zito and Nationals teammate Jayson Werth), it just seems a bit high considering 1) Zimmerman has an injury history, 2) he sprayed a few throws in recent years, and 3) the Nationals have a top third-base prospect in Anthony Rendon.

Said one competing executive of the Nats' two nine-figure deals now in the books: "Seems like they have two $100 million contracts but no $100 million payers.'' That also refers to Werth, who didn't live up to his contract last year. (Though some might say the Nats have Stephen Strasburgh and Bryce Harper, who may be worth $100 million some day.)

No matter what anyone on the outside thinks, Zimmerman was said to be the Nats' No. 1 priority this winter, and they did get the deal done. They love him for his defense, his clutch hitting, his personality and his local roots (University of Virginia). They also recall that he led the majors in WAR one year.

But he has also been hurt a fair amount, enough to question whether he warrants the ninth-biggest deal in the majors and third-biggest for a non-1B infielder (behind Alex Rodriguez and Troy Tulowitzki) or deserves to join Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Tulowitzki, Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp as players in the books through 2019. Zimmerman's deal also includes an option for 2020 that could bring his haul to $150 million.

Zimmerman did agree to a $10 million personal services deferral, which means only $116 million of the $126 million counts as payroll and could help the Nationals in terms of flexibility. But the reality is he's a one-time All-Star. And that's a lot of loot for a one-time All-Star.

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Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:32 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

To VA Preceptor   Very good post here. Atlanta, Washington, Miami, and the Pillies will be in a battle in the coming years But the Phillies will be with the Mets in 1-2 years if they don't get younger fast? Hell even this year if Halladay or Lee go down. Pitching is very good with those 4 teams and Atlanta and Washington have by far the better bullpens The key to this season is what team gets the uper hand in head to head games leading  into the last weeks of September.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:41 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

It's just beginning.  The big secret in baseball that nobody talks about at parties is that the Nats have the wealthiest owner in MLB in their ownership group.  It was just a matter of time before they opened the just took the right set of players for the fat cats to cough up the money.  Werth and Strasburg were the turning points, and with Harper on the horizon, the Nats feel they have the 1990s Yanks / 2000s Phils -esque nucleus that will keep them competitive and in the playoffs for years.  Thus the addition of Gio with an extension, Zimmerman with an extension, etc.

As a Phils fan, I think the Nats will go from 82 to 92 wins this year while the Phils will drop from 102 to 95.  That means the division will not be decided when the teams meet for the penultimate series in September.  The Nats are going to be good folks; they have the bucks, they are willing to spend, and I think this is the year they make it to the wildcard.  

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:38 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

A healthy Zimmerman may be worth $15.75 this year.  I really doubt he will be healty and good for the next 8 years.  When will these owners learn from these long term contracts? 

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:11 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

def way too much. dude missed like 2 months will a tummy ache last year. lucky to get 100 games a year.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:50 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

The Nationals are clueless. Zimmerman can flat out hit when healthy. BUT he hasn't been able to stay healthy for a full season with the excpetion of two seasons in his career. With said, I still think this isn't the worst contract on his team. The fact that Werth is making essentially the same money is a joke. No on in baseball would pay Werth what he is getting other than the Nats.

Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:41 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

Zimmerman is a fine player and credit to organization buttttttttttttt way toooooooooooo much for career 288 hitter.

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:31 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

Wow, he isn't even the best Zimmerman on their roster.

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:52 pm
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Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:44 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

zimmerman needs to grow some and hit out 40 homers... this extension is a cop out.

zimmerman HR totals for the next 6 years

2012: 25
2013: 22
2014: 14
2015: 23
2016: 12
2017: 14

he will get around 114 the next 6 years folks 

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:21 pm

Early word: Nats paid too much for Zimmerman

Like all long term deals only time will tell... if he misses 35/40 games a year on average then it's an expensive contract - but if he plays 155 games a year - it'll seem like it was a great deal for both sides come 2019
I agree that we see in time if it was good contract starting with this season

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