Nats, Zim Still Talking About Long-Term Deal
Late last night, Ryan Zimmerman signed a one-year, $3.325 million contract. But already, there is talk about his next contract -- a much bigger one. The Nationals, in a meeting with Zimmerman yesterday, told their third baseman that they hope to sign him to a long-term deal by Opening Day.
There is no deadline or ultimatum to work out a long-term deal, but the two sides, after meeting face to face, share hope that something soon can get done.
"We continue to talk about a multi-year deal," Washington team president Stan Kasten said. "We talked about it yesterday. We're going to talk about it tomorrow. That would be an end result both sides would like to see."
Said Zimmerman's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen: "Ryan made it very clear to the Nationals that he is willing to sign a long-term deal. And the Nationals in turn made it very clear to Ryan that they want to sign him to a long-term deal as well, with the goal being to have something done by Opening Day."
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