Jordan Zimmermann said last month that he won’t discuss a contract extension with the Nationals once the regular season begins. With Opening Day on the horizon, just nine days away, there hasn’t been any progress made on an extension.
Zimmermann himself said, “It’s not looking good,” as Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports. Zimmermann said, “I’m just not going to talk during the season. If something gets done before then — which is probably pretty rare right now — then it gets done.”
Zimmermann, 28, finished fifth in National League Cy Young balloting last season, finishing with a 2.66 ERA and a 182/29 K/BB ratio in 199 2/3 innings. The right-hander seems likely to join a free agent class which has the potential to be stocked with elite arms. Teammate Doug Fister, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Rick Porcello, David Price, Jeff Samardzija, and Zack Greinke (if he opts out) will all become free agents after the season.