Jordan Zimmermann open to discussing long-term contract extension with the Nationals

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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.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.