For now, Zimmerman is the Nationals' best player and the face of their franchise. He was vocal in wanted Dunn to return to Washington, and now that the slugger is going elsewhere, Zimmerman certainly has an opinion on the matter.
"From the last time we talked about baseball, the last day of the season, he said he would love to come back here," Zimmerman told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "If they would have given him a fair deal, he even would have probably gone a little bit cheaper to come with us."
The Nationals had offered a three-year deal, and said repeatedly during the season he wanted to stay with the Nationals, but was looking for a long-term deal.
Still Zimmerman said he wants to remain a National the rest of his career, but is still frustrated.
"I hope that this plan they have intact -- I guess this one of the years we were supposed to take that next step and become one of the teams that gets those free agent guys," Zimmerman said. "They've told us and the fans to be patient. Hopefully this is one of the years we start acquiring impact guys and taking the team to that next level."
However, Dunn is still the only impact free agent to have ever signed with the Nationals, and now he's gone.
"Knowing that we had one of the three top free agents on our team and we didn't want to resign him, it's frustrating for us as players," Zimmerman told MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling .
UPDATE: Apparently it hasn't bothered Zimmerman that much -- he tells Kilgore that a long-term deal like Troy Tulowitzki's "absolutely appeals to me." Of course, who wouldn't mind that kind of security, no matter where it came from?
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