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.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.