Ryan Zimmerman Returning to Nationals on One-Year Deal: Report

John Healy
January 25, 2020 - 9:42 am
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Ryan Zimmerman us coming back for another season.

The 35-year-old first baseman has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract to return with the Washington Nationals, according to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

The contract consists of multiple bonuses that can reach up to $5 million.

Zimmerman has been a member of the Nationals his whole career, and was the first player drafted by the franchise in the 2005 MLB Draft. He played in only 52 games last season — a career low — but appeared in every game during the postseason, and hit big home runs against the Dodgers and Astros, to help the Nationals clinch their first World Series in franchise history.

There was some speculation that Zimmerman would retire after entering free agency for the first time in his career, but the two sides managed to work out a deal as Zimmerman will likely split time at first base with 36-year-old Howie Kendrick and 33-year-old  Eric Thames, the latter of whom the Nationals signed in free agency.

Zimmerman holds several franchise records, including games (1,689), hits (1,784), home runs (270), RBI (1,015), runs (936) and doubles (401).

Zimmerman is among several players the Nationals retained this offseason following their World Series victory.

The Nationals also re-signed Stephen Strasburg, Kendrick, Yan Gomes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Daniel Hudson in a busy offseason this winter.

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