Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals have agreed on a whopping six-year, $100 million contract extension. The deal, along with a no-trade clause, will be tacked on to the two years remaining on his existing contract, meaning the third baseman will be with the Nationals through the 2019 season.
The mountain of cash makes the 27-year-old Zimmerman the second highest-paid third baseman in all of baseball at $16.7 million per season, with only A-Rod making more. Sure seems like a lot of money for a guy who has finished with an OPS north of .800 just three times in which he’s played a full season.
On the bright side, more than a dozen of Zimmerman’s teammates showed up for his press conference. The moving gesture of unity suggests the Washington Nationals might finally be on the verge of forming a respectable team. Or at the very least finish above .500.
[via USA Today; photo via US Presswire]