Jordan Zimmermann tosses four scoreless in latest rehab start

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Jordan Zimmermann inched a bit closer to a return to the major leagues today, tossing four scoreless innings during his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.

Zimmermann, who is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, allowed just one hit while striking out one and walking none. He touched as high as 94 mph on the radar gun, according to the Twitter feed of the Syracuse Chiefs’ radio broadcast team.

Though his first two starts with the Chiefs, the rehabbing right-hander has allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings while fanning four and walking one. Over the course of his entire rehab, Zimmermann has a 1.82 ERA and 23/4 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Results aside, the best news of all is that we’ve heard nothing about any setbacks.

Zimmermann is expected to progress to five innings during his next start. As long as he keeps feeling good and maintaining solid velocity, he should rejoin the Nationals in September. 

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.