Jordan Zimmermann won’t discuss extension once the season starts

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Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann is entering what could be his final season in Washington. Both sides have expressed interest in discussing an extension, but the right-hander wants the situation resolved by the start of the regular season, per CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman.

Zimmermann, 28, will earn $16.5 million in 2015, the second year of a two-year, $24 million deal signed in January 2014 to cover his third and fourth years of arbitration eligibility. He put up the best numbers of his young career last season, finishing with a 2.66 ERA and a 182/29 K/BB ratio in 199 2/3 innings. He capped off the regular season with a no-hitter against the Marlins on September 28.

The Nationals also stand to lose Doug Fister to free agency, and will have to deal with Stephen Strasburg’s third and final year of arbitration eligibility going into the 2016 season. Gio Gonzalez can become a free agent after the 2016 season if the Nationals choose not to pick up his $12 million option for ’17. They’ll have to make some tough decisions about their pitching staff soon — Zimmermann is just the tip of the iceberg.