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Nats 1B Zimmerman plans to be back with champs _ or retired

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman figures he’ll either find himself back with the World Series champions next season — or out of baseball.

“I think I’ve made my intentions pretty clear,” Zimmerman said Monday night, when he attended the premiere of a documentary about last season’s title. “It’s either play some more here or play more golf.”

The 35-year-old Zimmerman is the only player who has appeared for the Nationals in all 15 of their seasons since the franchise moved to the nation’s capital from Montreal in 2005. He was the team’s first pick in the amateur draft that year.

The club declined its $18 million option for next season on Zimmerman, who received a $2 million buyout and became a free agent. But he expects to return to Washington.

Something to watch for when the new season begins.

 

QLE Posted: December 02, 2019 at 10:28 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bote Man Posted: December 02, 2019 at 10:43 PM (#5905090)
Zimmerman would be a better fit on a team that can regularly use the dreaded Designated Hitter, but that would mean leaving the Nats which he has stated he does not want to do. So if Rizzo can find a regular 1Bman they'll pick up Zim on the cheap. With his plantar fasciitis he is no longer an everyday player and needs multiple days off.

Still, it will be sad to see him go, especially for long-time Nats fans. The salve on that wound is that he got to win the World Series with the Nats, which is nice.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: December 03, 2019 at 12:01 AM (#5905104)
sounds like Zimmerman may be a rare player who doesn't go to Timbuktu for an extra last $1M. if he has saved wisely, he never needs to work another day in his life (he has made $135M in his career).

but competitors gonna compete - so you never know.
   3. bbmck Posted: December 03, 2019 at 01:55 AM (#5905111)
Most recent 15th seasons by single franchise players to that point:

2019 - Ryan Zimmerman, free agent
2018 - Yadier Molina, 1/20 contract for 17th season with one franchise
2018 - Joe Mauer, presumably retired after 15 seasons with one franchise
2014 - Jimmy Rollins, new team in 16th season
2011 - Todd Helton, retired after 17 seasons with one franchise

2011 - Jason Varitek, retired after 15 seasons with one franchise
2009 - Derek Jeter, retired after 20 seasons with one franchise
2009 - Jorge Posada, retired after 17 seasons with one franchise
2009 - Mariano Rivera, retired after 19 seasons with one franchise
2008 - Chipper Jones, retired after 19 seasons with one franchise

2008 - Garret Anderson, new team in 16th season
2005 - Jeff Bagwell, retired after 15 seasons with one franchise
2005 - Bernie Williams, retired after 16 seasons with one franchise
2004 - Frank Thomas, new team in 17th season
2003 - John Smoltz, new team in 21st season

2002 - Craig Biggio, retired after 20 seasons with one franchise
2001 - Tom Glavine, new team in 17th season
2001 - Edgar Martinez, retired after 18 seasons with one franchise
2000 - Barry Larkin, retired after 19 seasons with one franchise
   4. McCoy Posted: December 03, 2019 at 08:13 AM (#5905125)
Well, Ryan isn't exactly a hot commodity. If some team would give him a 4 year 60 million dollar contract I'm sure he'd start considering relocation.

He's reached a point where he only wants to continue if his criteria is met. Which i get. Why relocate to Cincinnati for a year, sit on their bench, probably do extensive rehab on their minor league team, and dewl with a bunch of strangers for a million more dollars than Washington is offering or just staying home and doing whatever else you want?
   5. Joey B. Posted: December 03, 2019 at 04:02 PM (#5905339)
I'd be a lot more gung ho about bringing him back if you could realistically count on him for more than half a season.

At some point, we need to start looking to get more youth on the team than just Soto and Robles. We had the oldest roster in baseball in 2019, and given that he's bringing a lot of the band back it's already shaping up to be even older in 2020. Eventually that comes back to bite you in the rear end hard.
   6. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: December 03, 2019 at 04:28 PM (#5905352)
I don't mind having him hang around as a team mascot, RH half of a platoon at 1B, but I hope they don't expect any more than that. Would love for them to sign Eric Thames.
   7. Hank Gillette Posted: December 04, 2019 at 05:24 AM (#5905442)
if he has saved wisely, he never needs to work another day in his life (he has made $135M in his career).


With $135 million made in his career, he doesn’t even need to have saved wisely; just not been completely stupid.

He’s played in 137 games in the last two seasons, with a total of 1.1 WAR. I think the Nats should move on.
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 04, 2019 at 08:25 AM (#5905449)
Most recent 15th seasons by single franchise players to that point:

Zimmerman is not only a one-franchise guy, but a (more or less) local star, growing up in Virginia Beach and going to UVa. This probably matters less for Washington than just about any other city, but for Larkin and Mauer, it was very much a part of their identity.

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