Zimmerman's future with the Nationals still up for question
On Wednesday, Ryan Zimmerman’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports visited Nationals spring training camp. Van Wagenen represents Nationals besides Zimmerman (such as John Lannan, Drew Storen, and Ross Detwiler), but the looming contract extension deadline Zimmerman’s imposed on him himself gives Van Wagenen’s presence at Nationals’ camp a different meaning.
Zimmerman’s stated he doesn’t want to discuss contract negotiations once Spring Training officially starts in order that there may not be any distractions to him and his teammates. The first official full-squad workout for the Nationals is this Saturday.
While admirable of Zimmerman to not want to be a distraction, this also means that the opportunity to extend Zimmerman into the long-term Nationals future is not only dwindling, but growing more uncertain.
Zimmerman, who was the first draft pick in team history, he’s stated before that he would like to be a National for the rest of his career.
“I’d love to play here the rest of my career. I love it here. I’ve been here for the not-so-good times and I want to be here for the really good times that are going to start soon.”
He’s also voiced his confidence in GM Mike Rizzo’s ability to get a deal done. However, he’s also stated that if he doesn’t have an extension by the start of the 2013 season, he’ll be willing to test free agency. Also, in a worse case scenario, the Nationals might even trade Zimmerman by the 2012 season trade deadline. Currently, Zimmerman has two more years left on his five year $45 million contract from the beginning of the 2009 season.
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