Ryan Zimmerman: 'I do not think it's any secret I'd like to finish' career with Nationals


Ryan Zimmerman hopes to stay in Washington. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

After all this time, Ryan Zimmerman feels no need to be coy. He has been a member of the same family – professionally, respectfully and without frills.

Zimmerman did not speak like a man hunting leverage.

"I do not really see that happening". "I'm going to go somewhere else and play for an extra couple bucks," Zimmerman said. "I do not think it's any secret I'd like to finish here. I'm really optimistic about what will happen. It's on me. If I want to continue playing, I have to prove that I am worth it to keep investing. "

At $ million seasons seasons option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option option At the healthy times, that number did not feel so egregious.

When Zimmerman stayed healthy during his 2017 all-star season, he accumulated 3.3 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs – or, in one estimation, $ 26.2 million worth of value on the open market. In 2018, he accumulated 1.4 WAR, which translates to $ 10.8 million in free agent value. Over the past five seasons, he has averaged $ 8.24 million of value per season, according to FanGraphs.

If Zimmerman has a 2019 season similar to his 2017 campaign, the Nationals might be willing to pick up that option and negotiate a long-term deal for less If they seasoned, they might not find $ 18 million palatable, meaning Zimmerman might have been in Washington. Either way, the 2019 season could determine the parameters of the last contract of his career.

"If you play sports at this level and people say, 'Oh, it's the last year and they're not going to pick up your option and you're going to be playing for a job,' that's why you play the game, "Zimmerman said. ". . . You are in the wrong spot. But going back to that, we've done two contracts here. Myself, my representation, has always had a great relationship with the Lerner family, with [General Manager Mike Rizzo], with anyone who has been making the decision. "

Zimmerman's representation, however, has changed. He was represented by CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen, who became a close friend. Van Wagenen was named president of baseball operations for the New York Mets in an unusual move earlier this offseason. Zimmerman has brushed off the notion that he will switch to. He said he will be staying with Jeff Berry and Tom Hagan, both of whom have worked out on his deals before.

"Everyone will be okay," Zimmerman panned. "I talked to Brodie, and he was funny. He was like: 'It's funny how now I'm the best agent ever on the planet. Two months ago, I was happy for him. "But anyway, I'm happy for him."

In other words, as always with Zimmerman, the whole thing is no big deal. His future will pivot away from Washington. He surrendered his leverage long ago. He wants to be a national for life, and sees no reason.

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