A Few Thoughts From Zim On Contract Situation
For roughly three years, the Washington Nationals' front office has talked on-and-off with Ryan Zimmerman about a long-term contract. If no agreement is reached by tomorrow, those talks turn off for the rest of the season, allowing Zimmerman, entering 2010, to again be eligible for arbitration. And that is something Zimmerman sounds very much OK with.
Speaking today, the third baseman said he would not be disappointed if the sides were unable to reach a long-term deal by Opening Day.
"It's come a long way, and we obviously have a great relationship," Zimmerman said. "But the point is, I'm here for three more years no matter what. If we go year-by-year, I'll go out and put up numbers and see what happens. The hard part is behind me. I'm in the system now, and the great thing is, once you get into arbitration there is really nobody to blame but yourself. You put up great numbers, you get paid accordingly. You put up bad numbers, you get paid accordingly. So, I'm a confident player and I feel like I can go out and put up good numbers. If I have to do it that way, I'll do it that way. But I mean, I love this place and I'd love to play here and be here for a long time.
Explaining why he wouldn't want talks to continue into the regular season, he said, "I don't think it's fair to any of the guys in here if I'm worrying about contract situation when the season starts and our goal is to win. I should be concentrating on winning and helping them instead of worrying about me and making headlines in the paper every day about my contract. I think that's a selfish way to go about the business."
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