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Ryan Zimmerman Signs Six-Year Contract Extension With Nationals

February 26, 2012

Ryan Zimmerman signed a six-year contract extension with a no-trade clause that will keep the All-Star third baseman with the Washington Nationals at least until 2019.

The Nationals didn’t disclose financial terms of the deal, which MLB.com reported is worth $100 million with a club option for the 2020 season for $24 million. Zimmerman was due $26 million from the remainder of a five-year, $45 million accord he signed in April 2009 that ran through 2013.

“It’s nice that it’s done,” Zimmerman, 27, said at a news conference at the team’s spring training camp in Viera, Florida. “It’s where I want to be. It’s where I’ve always wanted to be.”

Zimmerman was Washington’s first draft pick after it moved from Montreal in 2005. He’s a career .288 hitter with 214 doubles, 128 home runs and 498 runs batted in over 845 Major League Baseball games and is the Nationals’ all-time leader in games played, runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI.

A National League All-Star in 2009, Zimmerman was limited by injuries to 395 at-bats in 101 games last season, when he hit .289 with 12 homers, 21 doubles and 49 RBIs.

“Ryan Zimmerman is an exceptional talent and individual,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement on the team’s website. “He has been the face of the Washington Nationals since baseball was returned to Washington. We’re absolutely thrilled that Ryan will continue to help us build our team in a winning direction.”

Washington was third in the NL East in 2011, the franchise’s best finish in the division standings since it relocated from Montreal.

Zimmerman is one of six players signed through at least 2019, MLB.com said. The others are Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels, Cecil Fielder of the Detroit Tigers, Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.


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