Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, a second-year arbitration player, is currently focused on getting a salary locked in for 2013. But he will be ready for long-term extension negotiations once that’s settled.
Zimmermann, who filed for $5.8 million and was offered $4.6 million when arbitration figures were exchanged, spoke Sunday with beat writer Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com’s Nats Insider:
“I would be interested,” Zimmermann said. “Obviously, we have to get the one-year deal done first. If the multi-year deal comes, and it’s the right deal, we’ll take it, but if not, we’ll definitely wait.”
The 26-year-old right-hander posted a stellar 2.94 ERA and 1.17 WHIP across 32 starts last season, fanning 153 batters and walking only 43 in 195 2/3 innings. He is under club control through the 2015 campaign.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
The more details that emerge about the new collective bargaining agreement, the more it looks like union head Tony Clark got the short end of the stick in negotiations.
In a column published on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Padres are “aggressively shopping” third baseman Yangervis Solarte. The 29-year-old is entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility and is projected to earn $2.7 million next season.
This past season, Solarte hit a solid .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances. It’s quite impressive factoring in that he plays in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
Given that Solarte is team-controlled for three more years and he offers lots of versatility with previous experience playing first and second base as well as corner outfield, the Padres should receive a fair amount of interest.