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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."

By Chico Harlan  |  February 20, 2009; 1:48 PM ET
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Thanks, Chico, that is good news.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

hell freakin yeah! lock him for a 6 year deal.

Posted by: featurepresentation | February 20, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

This is good news. Surprising news. Hopefully it's more substance than talk, we'll see.

Posted by: cokedispatch | February 20, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm not Joe Gambler either jca, but no. While this is oversimplifying, if it is truly a 50/50 chance, then the odds on both sides of the bet would be 2:1. And the house makes its money on the vig.

* * * * *

"Knowing JB's history, there is still only a 50/50 chance of us signing him even when we do draft him.


Posted by: Dizzy_Dean | February 20, 2009 10:24 AM "
I'm not Joe Gambler, but aren't you saying 1:1?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 20, 2009 1:47 PM

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | February 20, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody noticed that we haven't heard a lot from Jim Bowden lately? Does that mean better news to come?

One can only dream, eh...

Posted by: Berndaddy | February 20, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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