There have been some conflicting reports about the details of Ryan Zimmerman’s contract extension with the Nationals, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has the year-by-year breakdown of the deal:
2012: $12 million
2013: $14 million
2014: $14 million
2015: $14 million
2016: $14 million
2017: $14 million
2018: $14 million
2019: $18 million
2020: $18 million or $2 million buyout
Zimmerman was already under contract for $12 million this season and $14 million in 2013, so he’ll make at least $116 million for the next eight seasons and as much as $132 million over nine seasons if the Nationals decide to pay him $18 million as a 35-year-old in 2020.
And the deal also includes a five-year, $10 million “personal services” contract that kicks in whenever Zimmerman retires, so that bumps his guaranteed money to at least $126 million and as much as $142 million.
Lastly, because the no-trade clause in the contract doesn’t begin until 2014 there’s a built-in bonus of $8 million if he’s traded before then. So technically he could earn up to $150 million, but he’s obviously not going to be traded within the next 24 months.
Add it all up and the actual extension is $90 million for six years, plus the $26 million for two years Zimmerman still had left on his original deal and the $10 million “personal services” agreement.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.