Friday, February 15, 2013

Zimmermann avoids arbitration

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Jordan Zimmermann throws in the bullpen during today's workout.
VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals have come to terms on a one-year contract with Jordan Zimmermann, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was set to be held Tuesday in Arizona.

Terms of the deal aren't yet known, but Zimmermann is expected to earn a sizable raise from his $2.3 million during a breakthrough 2012 season. He had formally asked for $5.8 million when arbitration figures were submitted to MLB offices last month; the Nationals countered with an offer of $4.6 million. [UPDATE AT 7:12 P.M. -- Zimmermann will make $5.35 million.]

The 26-year-old right-hander established himself as one of baseball's best young pitchers, going 12-8 in 32 starts with a 2.94 ERA that ranked seventh in the National League. One more year removed from Tommy John surgery, he hopes to surpass the 200-inning mark this season while further cementing his place among one of the sports' most dominant rotations.

Though this contract establishes Zimmermann's salary for this season, the Nationals remain interested in negotiating a long-term deal with their 2007 second-round draft pick. Talks haven't progressed very far to date, with the two sides unable to find common terms on a contract that would buy out Zimmermann's two remaining arbitration years plus several free agent years.

By getting today's contract finalized, the Nationals managed to avoid arbitration with all seven of their eligible players this offseason: Zimmermann, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen and Roger Bernadina. This is the second time in three seasons they've avoided any arbitration hearings after five consecutive years taking players through the legally binding process.

30 comments:

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Congrats JZim!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

“I throw a few curveballs, but it’s not really a big pitch for me,” Haren said. “The split I usually hold on to until March rolls around, because it’s a little rough on your arm. It’s not really a feel pitch, anyways. It’s really a fastball.”

Like I have said since Rizzo signed Haren is his ability to mentor fastball pitchers and especially Gio who needs to add another "non-feel" pitch which could be a cutter or splitter which is a fastball with different movement.

No pitcher throws more varieties of fastballs in the percentages that Haren does for a starter last year 94%.

Gonat said...

JD said...

Gonat,

Let's hope it's the long term deal we have all been hoping for.

February 15, 2013 6:05 PM
Steady Eddie said...
JD - No, one year deal for now. That's what JZimm said was going to happen first in any case, before he would consider a long-term offer.
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Yep, have to start somewhere! Now let's get the long-term deal done.

MLB Network did a funny split screen of brothers on the same team: The Upton Brothers & The Zimmerman(n) Not-Brothers

NatsNut said...

Lannan went to arbitration last year and lost.

NatsNut said...

oh wait. you said second time in three seasons. I stand corrected.

baseballswami said...

Another Nats Classic. Fun times. Walk off grand slam versus Phils. 2012? Maybe August?

djinFl. said...

Well I can not really stand it anymore. It takes two hours for me to get to camp and I figured I'd go every 3 days. Went crazy today being home, so I'm going south tomorrow and Sunday, and then see will about Monday. By the way, I live in a very small town, Palatka, in a vey poor county. Yet an up and coming town because today I saw a high school age kid walking home from school wearing a Nats 34 shirt and Nats cap. Our town now has 3 known Nats fans and folks that ranks as a movement. Pics on twitter tomorrw night.

baseballswami said...

Nats Classic is 2011, Livo.

NatsJack in Florida said...

As cold as it's going to be, I'll see you Sunday (and maybe tomorrow) djinfl. (Dave).

SonnyG10 said...

Well all right djinFl! Bless your small town and bless the Nat fan movement there. Love hearing stories like this.

SonnyG10 said...

Sure happy Jordan and Mike avoided arbitration. I always worry about hard feelings being caused by those things.

JaneB said...

Phew.

Section 222 said...

Interesting result. Splitting the difference would have been $5.2 million. I guess Rizzo wasn't as confident in his case as several commenters here. Well done JZnn and his agent. Now on to baseball.

JaneB said...

In other news, I see I have less than 44 days to get my life in order and accomplish all I needed to in the off-season, before I get taken over again by Real Baseball. Probably, I can only hold out about 22 days. I shouldn't have slacked off so much.

Theophilus T. S. said...

Rather than just split the difference, Rizzo gave Zimmermann an hors d'oeuvre, a taste of what he can have if he signs a long term extension.

Section 222 said...

No doubt Znn knows exactly what he can have when he signs a long term deal. An extra $100K in this settlement won't have much bearing on whether he goes for it this year. I hope he does though. He's a bulldog and belongs in a Nats uni for years to come. I can't wait to see how he'll do this year, three years removed from his surgery. I'll be surprised if he signs before the end of this season.

natsfan1a said...

Atta way, Jordan!

And hello, Palatka. :-)

Gonat said...
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Gonat said...

So JZ got $150,000 over the mid-point between what he was asking and what the Nats were offereing.

NatsLady said...

Just read the WaPo article on Haren's bullpen. Can't wait to see this guy in action! Sounds really smart about pitching.

Also, Boz is out with a new article on Gio. Basically says the clubhouse is convinced of his innocence, so is Davey, that MLB through "back channels" has indicated he's ok, and that MLB would not have signed him on for the WBC if he were going to embarrass them by getting suspended. He concedes none of this will settle the question.

baseballswami said...

Watching the 2011 game vs the Phils. It is before Take Back the Park. Disgusting. Never again, fellow Nats Insiders, I swear to you, never again.

Gonat said...

Section 222 said...
Interesting result. Splitting the difference would have been $5.2 million. I guess Rizzo wasn't as confident in his case as several commenters here. Well done JZnn and his agent. Now on to baseball.
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It also means the Nats will pay more next year too most likely as it is %'s year over year in Arb cases and we should welcome it as it will mean JZ is doing this team well!

baseballswami said...

I am at the point where everything is possible and my rosé colored glasses are firmly in place. If these five pitchers do what they are capable of........ Oh, Lordy, this could be fun. And again, I call for miles of bubble wrap.

NatsNut said...

Very good point, Jane! Me too.

JaneB said...
In other news, I see I have less than 44 days to get my life in order and accomplish all I needed to in the off-season, before I get taken over again by Real Baseball.

Gonat said...

NatsLady said...
Just read the WaPo article on Haren's bullpen. Can't wait to see this guy in action! Sounds really smart about pitching.
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I think the comment you made and what SteveM wrote above at 6:45pm says a lot about how some of the more perceptive have already embraced Haren.

He seems to be a pitcher who had to adapt as his velo dropped off and develop deception by movement.

I'm thinking Rizzo brought Haren in as an upgrade to what he didn't get from Edwin. I think Edwin was more of a friend than a mentor. This could be one of those moves that is paying even more dividends in the clubhouse and behind the scenes kind of like Werth.

So far I have to say I like.

NatsLady said...

Watching the Top 10 managers "right now." Bowa ranked Davey #8, Jaffe ranked him #3, the "Shredder" ranked him #2. Bochy was #1, but if you recall--the Nats thrashed Bochy's team when they had the chance (OK, part of it was the summer heat...)

Doc said...

Same article that I read about Haren, also had an update on Ryan Perry.

First days of ST isn't a season, but sounds like Perry has turned his career around from being a rejected reliever from the Tigers.

He never pitched in high school, and previous to last year, he hadn't started more than 5 games between high school and the pros, so maybe he's walking around with a fresh arm.

Along with Rivero (no more options?), Perry's one of my underdogs, even if both end up outside of the 25 man roster.

sjm308 said...

Doc: Not sure how or why but Perry actually has one more option.

Laddie Blah Blah said...

"Watching the Top 10 managers "right now." Bowa ranked Davey #8, Jaffe ranked him #3, the "Shredder" ranked him #2. Bochy was #1..."

I missed that one. I've got a lot of respect for Bochy, but Davey is perfect for these Nats. Davey, really, had the better team, but Bochy was the guy who won it all. He deserved to be No. 1. But I would rather have Davey here than Bochy, regardless.

On the merits, the shredder had it right - for last year. This year Davey is more likely to come out on top.

Laddie Blah Blah said...

"Like I have said since Rizzo signed Haren is his ability to mentor fastball pitchers and especially Gio who needs to add another "non-feel" pitch which could be a cutter or splitter which is a fastball with different movement."

Terrific insight Ghost. JZ could use a little more variety in his repertoire, too. Haren seems like a great fit for a young, power-pitching staff.

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