If you were counting the days until next year’s free agent derby so your team could salivate about getting the 27-year-old Zimmerman to play for it, you can stop counting now. Early Sunday, Washington Post Nats beat writer Adam Kilgore tweeted:
The Nats and Ryan Zimmerman have agreed to a contract extension, source says. A press conference expected to come after today’s workout.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) February 26, 2012
And ESPN’s Buster Olney has further details:
The new deal for Ryan Zimmerman is for six years, with a club option on a seventh year.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 26, 2012
Ken Rosenthal has additional details on the dollar value of the contract:
Zimmerman turns 28 in September, so this is his age-27 season, a year in which most players hit their primes. He was the Nats’ first-round pick (fourth overall) in 2005, and is a .288/.355/.479 lifetime hitter with 128 career home runs.
The Nats could be setting their fans up for quite a summer in the nation’s capital.